High-oc­tane Mus­cle Cheatsp

Men's Health (UK) - - Front Page -

Whether you want to ad­mit it or not, it’s a bi­o­log­i­cal truth that af­ter you reach the age of 30, your drive just isn’t what it used to be. On av­er­age, your testos­terone lev­els start to drop by around 1% each year, with ca­reer stress and an ir­reg­u­lar ex­er­cise reg­i­men com­pound­ing the de­cline, ac­cord­ing to re­search con­ducted by Har­vard Univer­sity. With­out in­ter­ven­tion, the symp­toms can ex­tend to de­creased li­bido, fa­tigue, de­pres­sion, weight gain and the loss of mus­cle mass. Thank­fully, a team of Cana­dian sci­en­tists have found that hand­ing over the keys to your in­ner petrol­head can put this de­cline into re­verse.

Re­search by Con­cor­dia Univer­sity in Montreal dis­cov­ered that men who spent an hour be­hind the wheel of an ex­pen­sive Porsche 911 Car­rera ex­pe­ri­enced a sig­nif­i­cant spike in testos­terone, while spend­ing the same amount of time driv­ing an old Toy­ota caused their lev­els to plateau or even drop. The re­searchers con­cluded that, in bi­o­log­i­cal terms, revving at the traf­fic lights in a shiny new mo­tor is a form of “sex­ual sig­nalling” akin to pea­cock­ing and trig­gers an in­nate hor­monal re­sponse. And that testos­terone surge will help you take things up a gear in the gym. The hor­mone di­rectly ef­fects growth by bind­ing to re­cep­tors on the sur­face of your mus­cle cells and am­pli­fy­ing bio­chem­i­cal signals that pro­mote pro­tein syn­the­sis.

So, far from herald­ing a mid­dleaged fall from grace, trad­ing in your hatch­back for some­thing far less prac­ti­cal could help you hit your prime in your for­ties and be­yond. Which brings a whole new mean­ing to the term “mus­cle car”.


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