Fitness is a lifelong commitment and should part of any age management program that incorporates hormone replacement therapy. The physical benefits of getting fit and staying that way are numerous.
Exercise firms muscles, strengthens the heart and lungs, improves blood circulation, builds strength and endurance, burns off excess calories, strengthens bones, limbers up the joints and improves digestion. Exercise and hormone therapy go hand in hand. They complement each other greatly.
You should have an individualized lifelong exercise program designed to fit your situation and fitness goals.Â AAG Health doctors recommend the daily goal is to exercise for at least 30 to 60 minutes, making a conscious effort to do body movement throughout 16 hours of the day (i.e. doing household chores, working, shopping, gardening, socializing in an active manner).
The major form of aerobic exercise should be walking, running, cycling, swimming or cross-country skiing. Variety is an important part of any exercise routine. At least two, or preferably, three different activities are recommended. For example, walking-running-tennis, or walking-cycling-swimming.
"Administration of adequate testosterone replacement therapy leads to improvements in libido and erectile function."
Dr. Laurence Katznelsn
The choice of exercise should be guided by individual preference and previous experience. Walking and running are most often recommended as they do not require special training or skills. They are inexpensive, safe and suitable for doing alone or with others.
Before starting an exercise routine check with your family doctor first. The American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) recommends cardiac treadmill stress testing before commencing vigorous exercise: that is, exercise intensity greater than 60% of maximal oxygen uptake for men over age 40, women over age 50, and older patients who have cardiac risk factors with or without symptoms. A stress test is needed for adults older than 65 and sedentary.
A trainer can be a valuable asset to your exercise program. They can teach proper form and technique, provide motivation, vary the exercise to avoid boredom, monitor the progress and provide constructive criticism.
The merits of regular physical activity (from preventing chronic health conditions to promoting weight loss and better sleep) are hard to ignore. And the benefits are yours for the taking, regardless of age, sex or physical ability.
Your hormone treatment plan should complement your exercise routine. Call 1-800-325-1325 to learn more.