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Slowing Somatopause

Every year you increase your age by one number, but your biological age can dramatically increase by two, three, even five years! This is the meaning of Somatopause: Best explained as the gradual decline in growth hormone secretions beginning around middle age onward, and its effects on the body.

As you get older and your growth hormone levels decrease, you begin to notice Somatopause symptoms, such as weight gain (usually around the belly for men and belly/thighs for women), decline in energy, wrinkles begin to form, loss of bone density, changes in cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and lower sex drive. The more sedentary your lifestyle, the more rapidly you will give in to Somatopause.

If you want to dramatically slow the aging process down, even reverse some of it, the best solution is exercise – and the most recommended form of exercise by trainers and health experts is, ‘short bursts’ exercise.

Intensity – not volume

Studies have shown that spending 10 minutes of exercise, twice per day, has a better effect on triggering the healthy growth hormone, than spending 20 minutes of vigorous exercise at one time. Any kind of exercise works, and walking is especially recommended.

Sample it

  1. Walk outdoors at a normal pace for 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Increase the walk to a brisk walk, moving both arms and legs vigorously (at your own comfortable pace) for 30 seconds.

  3. Slow down to normal pace for 1 to 2 minutes, to recoup.

  4. Repeat the brisk walk for another 30 seconds.

The total time spent doing this short burst exercise period, should be about 10 minutes in total. As you feel stronger and more comfortable, you can increase your effort level, not necessarily the duration of the exercise.

The higher your levels of this growth hormone, the stronger you will feel and the healthier your body will become. And as we know, a healthier body fights the signs and symptoms of aging much more efficiently! •

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