Many men over the age of 40 feel they’re past their prime, and lack the energy to continue playing their favorite sports. Whether they’re simply a “weekend warrior” or a member of an amateur sports team, their fatigue is preventing them from enjoying the sport they love to play.
Why is this happening?
As men age their testosterone levels drop. It’s called Low-T, and it’s a natural physiological function that happens. Many men are aware that lower testosterone levels can reduce their sex drive. But it also can impact the body in other ways.
Testosterone is a key hormone in the body, and helps burn fat and provide the energy that the body needs. Less testosterone equals less energy. And when you’re fatigued, you don’t feel like picking up a basketball or baseball glove and heading out to the park or basketball court. Low-T can also affect your mood, memory, muscle mass, heart health and more.
A simple blood test can determine whether you have Low-T. If your test result shows that you do have Low-T, talk to your healthcare provider about testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT. While the benefits will vary among different individuals, the basic benefits include reduced fat and increased muscle mass, increased strength, improved mood and memory, enhanced libido, and less fatigue.
There is no firm answer as to how long it will take to notice the benefits, once you start the testosterone replacement therapy, but most men report increased energy at around the third- or fourth-week. The most significant changes happen in the 4th 6-week timeframe. In addition to increased energy and less fatigue, men notice an improvement in their memory, motivation, and their overall sense of well-being.
You’re never “too old” to play!
While TRT can help bring back the energy you’ve lost due to aging and Low-T, it can’t turn back the clock to the energy levels you had in your 20’s and 30’s. That’s the age when a man’s athletic ability peaks, and it’s why you just don’t see many (or any) professional football or basketball players in their 40’s. But there are other things you can do so you can continue to enjoy physical activity.
You may have to modify your activity level, but you can continue to enjoy the benefits that exercise and sports offers. That includes staying fit, socializing with fellow players and keeping the weight off as you grow older.
For example, if you play tennis, consider playing doubles instead of singles. And instead of running up and down the court in a pickup basketball game, consider playing a less strenuous sport like baseball, or take up swimming. Make adjustments in your sport endeavors, and enjoy the benefits that TRT provides. Just don’t throw in the proverbial towel!
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