Sunlight, Overtraining, & Testosterone Production!

by Don

Sunlight, Overtraining, & Testosterone Production!

Hi Mark,

I just wanted to let you know that your system has really improved my life. I have dropped about 25 pounds over the last 3 months to my ideal weight range, and my body looks better than it ever has in my adult life.

Also, my libido has come back and my Erectile Dysfunction has significantly diminished! I even look forward to the days I exercise, because on those days I feel the best.

Even though I am married and would never cheat on my wife, it's nice to see an attractive woman and get turned on and also to notice women looking at me!

I do have a couple concerns, however.

I have been getting more sun and notice my libido and function are stronger when I do.

Unfortunately, once mid September rolls around, the sun disappears until June where I live.

Is there any way to compensate for this?

From my understanding, tanning beds are more dangerous than the sun concerning skin cancer--something with which my father has had issues.

Also, I used to hit the 100-pound heavy bag six three-minute rounds, and could bounce it off the ceiling.

Now that I have gone to six 30-second punch out drills along with the four other exercises, I have lost power in my punch. I really don't care about bouncing the bag off the ceiling, but should I be concerned about this loss of strength?

Thanks again for your help,

Sunlight, Overtraining, & Testosterone Production!

Hi Don,

Thanks for the follow up, it's good to hear you're doing so well.

Regarding the punch, I don't think you need to worry too much about it.

You're not a professional boxer, so a massive punch isn't something you really need.

A lean, muscular, and healthy body is what you're looking for and it sounds like you've arrived at that destination.

If you over train in an attempt to improve your performance, you run the risk of experiencing an increase in cortisol levels.

Since cortisol suppresses both testosterone and human growth hormone production, this could prove to be counter productive for you.

That's why I'm such a strong proponent of brief, random, and intense exercise sessions. Short and intense routines boost anabolic hormones, leading to optimal cortisol / testosterone ratios.

As a man exits his 30's this ratio becomes much more difficult to maintain.

Short exercise routines manage this problem beautifully.

Sunlight, Overtraining, & Testosterone Production!

Now onto the sun...

Maintaining optimal vitamin D levels in the winter months takes a bit of planning.

Since sunlight can be difficult to come by, you need to look elsewhere for this important pro-hormone.

Cholecalciferol or vitamin D3 is the best solution.

Ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) is the synthetic version of D, and is not absorbed well by the body.

Avoid it at all costs!

Make it a point to use D3 to bring your levels into the optimal range.

I live in California and still get some sunlight in the winter months, so 1000 IU a day suits me perfectly.

The darker your skin, and the further you are from the equator the more D you're going to need.

For some this could mean supplementing with up to 5000 IU per day.

The key is to maintain a blood level above 50 ng/mL. Unfortunately, the only way to determine your level is through testing.

That's why I think it's a good idea to have vitamin D tested whenever you have blood work done.

Thanks for the update Don, and keep up the good work!

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