Human growth hormone (hGH), often called the “fountain of youth” and the secret weapon of the movie stars is available to all of us through a specific training protocol. This mystery maturation instigator, is responsible for the regulation and upkeep of one’s physical makeup in the later years.
The hGH attaches to cells that have receptors for it. What this means is that it doesn’t allow fat cells to be created. Also, it does a wonderful job of speeding up your metabolism. In response to the hGH another hormone is made, the Insulin Like Growth Factor-1(IFG-1). This hormone is secreted through our liver and other tissues in response to the hGH. The more IFG-1 you have, the more fat building muscle is created. Basically, the more hGH we have, the more IFG-1 is made in our bodies. With this, our muscles will begin building up much more.
Like the majority of other hormones, hGH is secreted by the pituitary gland. While there are other times it is secreted, the strongest releases of the hormone are while sleeping and during exercise. This is especially directed at baby boomers, as they are in the life stage where this vital hormone can be utilized for fitness.
If the two best ways to produce this natural maintainer of wellness are sleep and exercise, it seems only fitting that you should make some either major or minor adjustments to your lifestyle to improve your health. Sleeping is simple, however if you don’t get enough of it (which many stressed out adults tend not to), there could be a number of harmful consequences to your health. Easy ways to prevent this are by getting 8 hours of sleep a night in a dark room, and by keeping up a balanced diet.
Numerous studies confirm that it is the intensity of the exercise that will produce an ideal amount of hGH. For all of you baby boomers out there, this is most advantageous as it helps to maintain fitness later in life. The best form of exercise for hGH secretion is weight training or intervals within the cardio program. This will require you to use your biggest muscle groups in order to use heavier weight with minimal rest time. Interval cardio is also a great way to produce large amounts of the human growth hormone, while also increasing your endurance and speed.
I suggest starting with weight training as your first defense in the anti-aging attack. Weight training synonymous to strength training, will improve your balance and coordination as well as your posture. More importantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can reduce your risk of falling by as much as 40 percent, a crucial benefit. If you have arthritis weight training can be as effective as medication in decreasing arthritis pain. Weight training can help post-menopausal women increase their bone density and reduce the risk of bone fractures. And for the 14 million Americans with type 2 diabetes, weight training can help improve glucose control. Lastly, during weight training, your body continues to burn calories after the workout a process called “physiologic homework.” More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat. Your metabolism is boosted 15 percent by this kind of training.
So for those of you out there that think that the only way left to grow will result in a larger clothes size, keep in mind the wonders that can be done by adding exercise into your daily routine. Since age isn’t a barrier holding you back, make the most of the human growth hormone; through weight training, there’s no better time to start than now!