Gaining Muscle 40:
For some of us, the idea of turning 40 years old seems like a long distance. Away as we enjoy our 20s and 30s without a care in the world. However, every year we creep up to an age where we won’t be able to recover as quickly as we could in our early 20s. Our natural testosterone levels start to drop. The gains in muscle mass seem to slow down despite doing everything right inside and outside of the gym.
No fear, however! Although we can’t completely stop the aging process. There are many measures and precautions we can take in ensuring an optimal hormonal environment for the best muscle mass gains yet to be achieved. Note that the following suggestions are for entertainment & educational purposes only, and are not meant to substitute the advice of a licensed physician. Consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting any new exercise regimen. Take prescription medication under the care of your physician.
Maintain normal to high-normal levels of Testosterone.
Next, to exercise and eating healthy, it's the best thing you can do for yourself. As you get older, desirable hormone levels often start decreasing and undesirable hormone levels often start increasing. It's nature's way of giving you the finger. Primary among these diminishing hormones is of course testosterone.
Not only will it help you look and feel younger, but low testosterone has been implicated in heart disease. A meta-study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association looked at over 100 testosterone studies and reported that low testosterone was associated with a host of possible conditions:
- Higher risk of cardiovascular disease
- Narrowing of carotid arteries
- Abnormal EKG
- More frequent congestive heart failure
- Increased incidence of angina
- Increased body mass index
- Type II diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Insulin resistance
- More belly fat
- The higher death rate from all causes, including cardiac mortality
Ask for both "total" testosterone and "free" testosterone. While the numbers may indicate a "normal" level, you can pretty much ignore it and just use it as a baseline. We're more interested in symptoms of low testosterone.
Signs that your hormonal low fuel light is flashing include an inexplicable rise in body fat, loss of muscle tone. An inability to make progress in your workouts, a faltering or non-existent erection, Difficulty in concentrating or a waning memory, depression, a lack of "appropriate aggressiveness", and premature codgerdom in general.
Use Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT):
If you exhibit any of the symptoms, consider testosterone replacement injections, which are the creme de la creme of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). 100 milligrams a week is sufficient for most men. Here's a complete guide to TRT.
Inject Your Testosterone Subcutaneously (Under The Skin):
Monitor Estrogen Levels, Too:
As you get older, more and more testosterone converts to estrogen. Once estrogen levels rise unchecked, the risk of degenerative disease skyrockets. Atherosclerosis rates go up. The incidence of stroke increases. The risk of developing Type II diabetes goes up. Emotional disturbances become more prevalent. The risk of prostate cancer increases. It doesn't stop there. Erectile function suffers. Waistlines grow thicker.
It becomes harder to put on muscle. And, most seriously, high estrogen significantly increases the risk of flat-out dying. When researchers monitored the estrogen levels of 501 men with chronic heart failure. Men with estradiol (the most "potent" form of estrogen) in the normal range (between 21.80 pg/ml and 30.11 pg/ml) had the fewest deaths during a three-year period. Men with the highest levels (above 37.99) had 133 percent more deaths during the same period.
However, the men with the lowest estrogen levels (below 12.90) fared the worst as they experienced 317% more deaths. Clearly, estrogen levels play a big part in the health of your ticker, in addition to the health of a whole lot of body parts, body systems, and body functions.
Keep an Eye on the Noticeable Symptoms of High Estrogen.
- Increased abdominal fat
- Loss of muscle mass
- Low libido, decreased erectile function
- The increased fatty tissue around nipples
- Depression, emotional disturbances
- Lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
This framework should give you more than enough to work within maintaining the best health into your 40s, 50s and even your 60s as you continue pumping iron. While we can’t stop the aging process. Following the steps above will help you reach a muscular physique and levels of strength beyond anything you’ve achieved in your 20s. The best gains are yet to come!