There are a lot of questions around human growth hormone (HGH) and exercise, so we wrote a small piece on how it fits into our lives and how you can get more of it.
Exercise and Growth Hormone
NOV 05, 2018 by DR. Richard Garde
One of the best secrets of exercise is that it stimulates the production of your own growth hormone. Growth hormone has been shown to be one of the best markers for health and vitality – at any age. It is even touted as a ‘anti-aging miracle’.
The reality is there are many ‘growth factors’ that make and keep you youthful, active and vital. Finding ways to stimulate them is a pharmacological search for the fountain of youth, making the search for a ‘magic youth pill’ like a lottery win.
There is a much easier way to keep those growth factors working for you without waiting for science to make a ‘forever young pill’. That, my friend, is exercise. Not as easy and mindless as swallowing a pill but oh so much better for you.
Fitness is a moving target
But here is where life plays a little joke. If you want to be strong and active that belies your years – you got to work for it. You see, the body is an energy saving device. If you use it, it gets bigger and better. If you choose not to use it, the body doesn’t work to stay strong, but slowly, inexorably weakens to the level of your activity. Unfortunately, as you age, the body’s ability to store energy and sustain activity reduces regardless of your activity level. Fitness is a moving target. And it is essential that you work harder to stay fit as you age. That is the secret of youthful living.
The catch is that exercise, to release growth hormone and all the other growth factors needed and necessary for active, vital living, must be intense exertion. That level of demand is harder to produce as we age. Intense exercise at any age can produce training injuries. (That is why you need educated thoughtful trainers to guide you through a workout without injury). It just is harder the older we get to avoid those training setbacks to staying fit.
To release growth hormone and all the other growth factors
exercise needs to be intense exertion
Here at FITtec EMS fitness studios, we use electrical muscle stimulation over the whole body (WB-EMS) to help the body get intense exercise without the pitfalls of heavy weight lifting or intensity driven interval training. Now don’t get the idea that a WB-EMS workout is a walk in the park, you are still working as hard as you want to. Every workout is designed by our trainers to fit your goals. You feel it. You work as hard as you want to. You feel that great feeling, after your twenty-minute session, like you have been working out for hours in the old-fashioned weight room gym, but you are back in your daily busy schedule, feeling like a million bucks.
You get the work your body demands to be fit but in less time per session and your home-grown, on-board growth factors are stimulated the way nature intended, by actually making the physical demand that they step up and get you stronger and feel more vital. That’s the best way to improve your growth hormone levels.
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