Does Working Out Affect Testosterone Levels?
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Still, you should build an overall exercise plan that also includes cardio and flexibility training, so you're helping your overall health.
Overdoing it, though, could backfire. Elite athletes (and amateurs who overtrain), can see a drop their testosterone level, which is a sign that they’re doing harm to their bodies. In these cases, they tend to have low testosterone and high cortisol, a stress hormone, Schroeder says. He notes that a rise in cortisol can be linked to a fall in testosterone.
Signs of overtraining include:
- Excessive soreness
- Trouble recovering from workouts
- Trouble sleeping
- Losses in performance and strength
Give yourself enough time to rest between workouts, and eat healthfully to help your body recover after workouts.
Isaacs discloses that he is on the speaker’s bureau for Abbott Laboratories, which markets a testosterone replacement product. Schroeder reports no disclosures.