We all know sleep is important. Sleep is essential for our bodies to function properly and just as important as eating healthy and exercising. When you sleep, your brain signals your body to release hormones and compounds that help decrease the risk for health conditions, manage your hunger levels, maintain proper immune function and retain memory. But, did you know your sleep could be affecting your fitness goals and your gains in the gym?
From professional athletes to recreational sports competitors, some are always looking for a performance edge. This results in some seeking out banned performance-enhancing substances. These synthetic substances alter the athlete or competitor's body in a way that was not possible without it. Resulting in increased strength, endurance, and overall increased performance. Many of these substances called "PED's" or "Performance Enhancing Drugs" can have negative effects on the body over long term use and are not allowed in most professional sports competitions. The good news is, mother nature provides her several performance-enhancing substances without the risk and consequences of their synthetic, PED counterparts!
It’s a well known fact that writing your goals out and making a plan increases your ability to achieve them. This same outline can be applied to your physical fitness and exercise goals. Whether you are training for a physique contest, building strength for powerlifting, or just trying to get back into your favorite clothes. Planning your workouts out and sticking with your plan can really maximize your results. Seeing these results first hand is added fuel to your fire to keep you pushing forward and keep you chasing after your goals!
It seems like you can't listen to any radio station, without hearing commercials for some drug that helps men with low testosterone. They tell you all the side effects of low testosterone like, Lack of Energy, Mood Problems including Depression, Increase of Body Fat, Loss of Muscle Mass and Strength, Sexual Disfunction, Decreased Libido or Sex Drive, and Erectile Dysfunction. But none of them seem to ask, why do all these men have low testosterone now? What has changed, that has made males testosterone levels decrease? The answer lies in many areas. Including Diet, Exercise and Environment. To try and figure out how or why so many males testosterone levels are dropping, you must first look at how the body produces testosterone.