Testosterone burns fat, builds muscle and increases sex drive in men and women. Testosterone, like most steroid hormones, has a daily rhythm – highest in the morning and decreasing over the day. It has been suggested that our ability to perform follows the same trend i.e., testosterone levels can predict our physical performance over the day. A team at Swansea University, lead by Professor Kilduff, evaluated the effect of training in the morning on testosterone response throughout the day.
Using testosterone levels derived from saliva sampling, 18 semi-professional rugby players were divided into three groups: the control or resting group; the sprint group (5 x 40 meters) and weight-training (bench press and squat) group. A follow-up saliva sample was taken before the players completed a performance test (back squat and bench press, 40m sprint and jump test).
The results showed the circadian decline in testosterone levels was negated by morning training. In other words, working out (especially with weight training) in the morning keeps the testosterone levels from dropping during the day and increases performance in power sports at least six hours after the initial workout.
If you recall in a previous blogs (2 and 3), I mentioned the reasons why maintaining testosterone levels is extremely important for men and women. Here is a short list: Increases bone density, decreases cholesterol, helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, prevents and treats depression, protects against cardiovascular disease, hypertension, excess body fat and arthritis, enhances memory and cognition, and protects against Diabetes, Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome. Perhaps changing how and when we exercise may reduce our tendency to certain health conditions by maintaining optimal steroid hormone levels.
Until next time……