Ever wondered why some people who walk into the gym after you and leave before you have better results? If we exclude genetic and drugs, the main answer could be that they do less than you. Yeah, right. Less? Yup, less.
By doing less, I mean they're doing the right amount of work so they don't stress their body too much. Here are 2 reasons why keeping yourself from stressing your body will lead you to a better health and aesthetic.
1. 1h training for higher testosterone
Ladies, stay here. This one is for you too. Both men and women have testosterone in their body (generally, more men than women). In order to grow muscles, burn fat and have a better recovery, you need, alongside plenty of other things, to have a high level of testosterone.
The "perfect" average amount of training for a maximal testosterone rate is 1h per session. Passed that point, your cortisol (stress hormone) will lower the production of your body's testosterone. With a low level of testosterone, you get less strength, less growth hormone, less natural body fat burning, less good stuff, etc.
Less testosterone in your body also means imbalance of your other reproductive hormones (oestrogen and progesterone), which leads to more body fat, insulin resistance (this shit can give you type 2 diabetes) and certain types of cancers (like prostate). We all hate cancer, right?
2. Eating less at regular intervals for better body health
Vulgarly said, don't eat 3 big meals in your day. Eat smaller meals 5 or 6 times (included snacks). Eating less and more often will help your body digestion and keep your metabolism at work. One of the most important thing in your body is your digestive system. 80% of your immune system is in there. Stressing it means more chances to be sick and your body is therefore less protected against diseases and viruses.
Plus, eating smaller meals will increase your basal metabolism, increasing your natural fat burning.
Even more, if you eat slowly, you're giving the easy life to your body. (Free tip : taking few deep breaths before eating will help calm your body so it can digest better and easier). To relax, no need to do yoga. Breathe, don't do steady cardio for a long period of time and don't stress your body for too long; it's just not worth it.
Here's a link to a way to increase your natural testosterone level in training written by the Justin himself : Check this out!
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