But that’s a good thing!
With age comes maturity, confidence and self assurance. But you also learn to go after what you want; even if you pause first to ensure you are taking the best route.
You may lose the vigour of youth but you can achieve far more as you age; all you have to do is believe and want it badly enough. In fact your hormonal changes are part of the reason you’re better equipped to deal with issues and challenges.
Of course there are hurdles positioned to make it harder for you to achieve your goals. But these are just hurdles. The Fit Father Project is here to help you overcome those hurdles and become the man you want to be.
Today is the day to start your new life!
Hormonal Changes That Happen As You Age
One of the biggest differences as you age is that your testosterone levels will start to drop. In fact they drop by approximately 1% every year after you turn 30.
Unfortunately a reduction in your testosterone levels has been linked with several other symptoms:
- Decreased muscle mass
- Reduced strength
- Lower bone density; increasing the risk of breakage
- Low sex drive (libido)
- A decline in energy levels
- Reduced cognitive function
It is worth noting that the thyroid produces an array of hormones linked with metabolism, muscle strength and even your body temperature.
As you age it is common for the thyroid to stop working as effectively; often due to thyroid disease. This can also cause a negative change in your weight and mood.
While women have a definitive encounter with their hormones in the shape of the menopause, men do not. In most cases it is simply a gradual decline over years. This makes it harder to see the changes and do anything about them.
Understanding Hormonal Imbalance
Fortunately it is never too late to address your hormonal imbalance.
You first need to understand that your endocrine glands, (which include the thyroid) are the predominant source of hormones in your body.
You only need a small adjustment to any of your hormone levels to create an imbalance.
While the disruption can be to do with a variety of diseases it is also possible that the hormonal imbalance is a result of excess stress.
Your hormones balance overnight as your body has the opportunity to adjust internal levels. Specifically reduce the stress you’ve been under during the day.
If the level of stress hormone (cortisol) in your body is not lowered enough then your body will not be able to produce normal levels of testosterone and may even struggle to regulate your hunger and appetite.
Hormones play an important part in your body; getting enough sleep allows them to do their job!
Accepting and Dealing With Hormonal Changes
The rational thing to do is accept that your body is changing. However, scientists don’t accept this and nor should you; your hormones don’t have to keep dropping.
Several studies suggest that testosterone reduction is actually a result of lifestyle, particularly obesity; and environmental factors.
Fortunately, exercise and eating healthily can reverse these drops in testosterone. You can even take a testosterone booster or get testosterone replacement therapy to help you restore your youthful vigor and vitality.
Understanding the cause of the hormonal changes and believing that you can change them will help you to accept and deal with your hormonal imbalance.
How to Prevent & Treat Hormonal Imbalance
There are several steps you can take to help regulate your hormones today; potentially preventing hormonal imbalance in the future:
You've probably be told hundreds of times to eat more healthily. But if you’re not overweight you may not feel this is that important.
The truth is that eating healthily will help to protect your body for the future and reduce the likelihood of hormone imbalance happening.
A great way to start this without having to count your calories is to adopt the perfect plate approach
Exercise is important at any age to improve the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients round your body. This will help to ensure your organs are working properly.
Exercise also triggers the release and production of hormones which can make you feel good, help you sleep and build your testosterone levels.
The fact that regular exercise helps to ward off chronic disease is simply a bonus!
As already mentioned when you sleep your body has the opportunity to rebalance its hormones.
You need to get between 6 and 8 hours sleep every night to ensure your body has the opportunity to do this. In turn this will give you enough energy for the day ahead as well as a body that is balanced and capable of anything.
The stress hormone, cortisol, is essential for your normal function. However, excessive levels of this inhibit your body‘s ability to produce other hormones.
You must reduce your stress levels. You can do this by learning meditation techniques and avoiding stressful situations.
Of course you can’t avoid all stressful situations but there will be some you can avoid; planning your day to do this will help with any hormonal imbalance you have.
Don’t forget that if you suspect you have hormonal imbalance it’s a good idea to visit your medical practitioner and have a blood test done. It will help you to know what you are dealing with.
Plan for the Future
It’s difficult to say exactly what the future may hold but there is certainly the potential to reverse the aging process in cells. Whether this would restore your hormone levels is debatable.
But, this is irrelevant. You don’t need fancy advancements in medicine to balance your current hormone imbalance. All you need is to start eating right, exercising a little more, get enough sleep and avoid some of the stress you’re under.
It’s not as difficult as it sounds. Join the FF4 today and find the support and advice you need not only to re-balance your hormones but to deal with the many struggles of a healthy lifestyle.
Your new friend & health coach,
Head Training Staff, The Fit Father Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “The Fit Brit”
Bragging Rights: 16 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide', Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.