Your level of stamina is very important to your physical strength, your endurance, and your ability to perform physical and mental tasks. Increasing your stamina level will improve your quality of life in many respects.
What Is Male Stamina?
Stamina is defined as how much energy you need to expend to keep up intense physical or mental activity. Increasing your stamina is not only about improving your physical strength. Having higher stamina means you will be able to sustain rigorous mental or physical activities longer before you feel tired or stressed.
Male stamina is also closely related to your sex drive or libido and your ability to perform sexually and satisfy your partners.
Why Is it Important for a Man to Have Good Stamina?
Because of its relationship to physical strength and exertion, having good stamina is very important to men. Your stamina level will impact everything from your ability to play recreational sports, your exercise capacity, and your ability to do everyday tasks. Even your sex life and sexual performance is affected by your stamina.
Having good stamina also helps you combat anxiety and depression and can keep you feeling good and full of energy. Strong stamina and endurance also boosts your immune system and improves your ability to combat and recover quickly from disease, illness, or injury.
What Are the Symptoms of Low Stamina?
Low stamina will be evident by your inability to perform even simple physical tasks without great exertion, such as feeling tired after just a short walk or climbing a flight of stairs. Other signs of low stamina include:
- Low libido or sex drive with or without erectile dysfunction
- Lack of strength and energy
- Chronic fatigue
- Inability to stay focused on mental tasks
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
- Weight gain
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Sleep disorders
How Can Men Improve Their Stamina?
There are several ways that men can improve stamina.
Mental stamina is best improved by taking measures to reduce emotional stress, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, and tai chi.
Exercise, of course, is how to build physical stamina, but the way your exercise, or the types of exercise you do, can make a big difference in improving your physical stamina.
According to trainers and exercise professionals, the best way to workout to increase stamina is to apply the doctrines of “SAID” training and the “overload” principle.
SAID stands for Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands. SAID training teaches your body to adapt to the specific type of exercises you do daily. You can apply SAID to increase stamina and endurance for specific muscle groups involved in the particular activities you are into, such as swimming, jogging, hiking, biking, etc.
The overload principle involves making incremental increases in either volume or intensity of your routines. For example, if increased upper body strength is your goal, gradually add more weight to your lifting routines or more reps at the same rate.
Closely related to the overload principle is High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT. In HIIT, you choose a specific “high intensity” cardio workout, such as jumping rope, for example, and do it very rigorously for a short burst or interval, then rest, then repeat that short interval over and over again.
HIIT is used by the Marines, the Navy SEALS, and professional athletes to increase strength, stamina, and endurance. Doctors and fitness professionals say that the reason that HIIT is so great for fitness and stamina is that it boosts your body’s output of human growth hormone, or HGH.
There are some other “lifestyle” changes you can make that can increase stamina, such as:
- Try eating a more “heart-healthy” diet low in fat and high in whole grains
- Eat less junk and processed foods
- Lower your alcohol use
- If you smoke, quit; if you don’t, don’t start
- Get at least seven hours of sleep each night
How do Hormones Affect Your Stamina?
Your stamina and your energy level are strongly influenced by your hormones. The two most important hormones to physical strength and stamina in men are testosterone in human growth hormone (HGH). Both of these hormones are directly related to your ability to your energy level and your ability to build muscle and therefore are vital to your stamina level.
However, when it comes to building muscle and increasing physical strength, HGH is probably the most important hormone for men. HGH has often been referred to as the “physical fitness hormone,” not only because it is essential in building lean muscle; as you exercise, your body produces more HGH, which further helps you build muscle.
It is a kind of positive feedback loop that can be essential to increasing stamina in men.
HGH is known as an “anabolic hormone” because it builds and repairs tissue, particularly muscle tissue. HGH also stimulates the release of Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which also aids in and repair of muscles, particularly after exercising.
A 2013 study published in The International Journal of Endocrinology set out to test the theory that HGH therapy can increase muscle strength in otherwise healthy males. The study found that after a six-month course of HGH therapy, the men in the study saw a “significant” increase in lower body strength, as indicated by their “before and after” ability to do leg presses.
HGH also improves stamina not only by increasing muscle mass, but HGH also stimulates protein synthesis, which provides more energy for cells and tissues. HGH also raises your metabolism and improves your body’s ability to turn fat into energy which not only increases your strength and energy; it helps you lose weight!
HGH’s ability to improve muscle tone has been so widely proven, that it is now prescribed for HIV-AIDS patients and for patients with muscular dystrophy and other “muscle-wasting” diseases!
Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Help You Boost Your Physical Strength?
Yes, there have been countless studies that have proven the link between HGH and increasing muscle, stamina, and physical strength.
HGH levels, like testosterone levels, drop as a man ages. This often leads to what we call age-related growth hormone deficiency. Age-related GHD is quite common once a man is over 45. Men experiencing age-related HGH loss tend to be overweight, feel weak, and have poor muscle tone. Studies have shown that growth hormone therapy can help men improve strength and stamina by helping to increase energy and build more lean muscle.
You probably know that HGH is banned by almost all professional and amateur sports organizations as a “performance-enhancing drug.” That is because of its known ability to increase strength and improve stamina and athletic performance.
Fortunately, no such ban exists for men who are not pros from using HGH to increase muscle strength and stamina. You do, however, need to have a doctor’s prescription for HGH injections.
If you are a man over 40 and feeling like you have low stamina, if you are failing to lose fat and build muscle even while working out, chances are you are HGH deficient and could be a good candidate for growth hormone therapy.
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