Maintaining healthy testosterone levels is a growing concern for most men. Aside from hitting the weights and eating a clean diet, is there anything else guys can do to boost t-levels? Let’s take a look at three manly things you can do to boost your testosterone.
Watching Sports to Boost T-Levels
Are you a football fan? Do you watch baseball? Enjoy hockey or soccer? If you’re an avid sports fan then you may be surprised to learn that your favorite Sunday ritual could be positively impacting your testosterone levels.
A study published in Physiology & Behavior demonstrated that watching sports resulted in a direct impact on testosterone levels. The catch? It was only those men watching their teams win that saw the boost in t-levels. Men watching their team losing may experience the opposite effect.
The takeaway is this: Make sure you’re watching a winning sports team to boost t-levels.
Testosterone Increases During Wood Chopping
Is there a manlier image of a lumberjack chopping down a tree? That bulky and bearded stereotype may actually hold some truth in regards to your testosterone levels.
A study published in the Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society compared testosterone levels in men after playing sports compared to chopping wood. Across the board, men showed a significant spike in testosterone levels after wood chopping compared to playing sports.
It’s important to note that playing sports did boost t-levels but not as much as chopping wood.
Boost T-Levels with Power Postures
One of the easiest ways you can boost t-levels is by adopting a series of powerful postures and body language poses. Walking around slumped down doesn’t inspire much confidence or testosterone, as it turns out.
A study published in the Harvard Business School demonstrated that people who consistently utilized power postures such as standing up straight during important meetings or social situations demonstrated an increase in t-levels.
How do you feel after watching your team lose? And after they win? Have you tried any power postures? If so, did you feel more confident? Let me know in the comments below!
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