Want to boost your sex drive naturally and get fit at the same time? Then read on.
For those of us just starting out on the road to a fitter body, take this one piece of advice to up your testosterone (the hormone that boosts sex drive), burn fat and build muscle: Work out your legs!
Here are 5 reasons that should have you bragging to your buddies about leg training in no time:
1. Leg training builds muscle
When you work out your legs, you’re engaging most of the muscles in your body (that’s why it can be so intense). The most effective leg exercise is the squat:
- Beginners – hold your arms straight out in front of you. As you bend at the knees toward the floor keep your back straight. Engage your stomach muscles for a slow, smooth motion down and then go back up.
- For a greater challenge – hold dumbbells at your sides and make sure you lower all the way down so your knees are parallel to the floor.
2. Leg training burns fat
Squats combined with other leg-heavy exercises like lunges burn fat because they work more muscles than jogging or cycling. Combine lunges with proper nutrition and you’ll eliminate that beer belly.
3. Leg training boosts testosterone
About 40% of men over 45 have low testosterone, and guys over 65 are more than twice as likely to suffer from a shortage than their younger counterparts. More than any other exercise, leg workouts like squats provide a solid boost of testosterone. So next time you’re feeling weak, work those hamstrings, thighs and calf muscles for a shot of the sex-pumping hormone.
Other benefits of testosterone: Increases energy levels, boosts immune function and improves bone health.
4. Leg training leads to gluteal gold
In addition to getting a few whistles, strong glutes (a.k.a. butt muscles) actually help prevent pinched nerves and bad knees. If you’re at a desk all day, this one is key for good knee health.
5. Leg training gives you abs
Abdominal muscles and many upper leg muscles originate in the same area as your lower abs. Translation? Leg training works your abs.
- The acute hormonal response to free weight and machine weight resistance exercise. Shaner AA, Vingren JL, Hatfield DL, Budnar RG Jr, Duplanty AA, Hill DW. (2014) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24276305
- Squat form. Accessed July 26, 2015. http://stronglifts.com/squat/ , http://stronglifts.com/deadlift/