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Exercise
Exercise stimulates testosterone production, but not for all men and not by all exercises. Studies show that intensive aerobic exercise, i.e., running a marathon, can cause a testosterone decline in 30 percent of men, including athletes. Weight resistance exercises, however, tend to promote higher levels of testosterone.

The heavier exercises involving the larger muscles of the back, arms, legs and shoulders require testosterone to promote muscle mass and muscle strength. In turn, the greater the muscle mass, the higher the level of circulating testosterone. Weight resistance exercises can be done at a gym or a fitness club, in your home or anywhere with specific isometric exercises. Weight training must be done at least three times a week to be beneficial for raising testosterone and building muscle mass.

Excerpted from Sex For Life by David Saul, M.D. Copyright 1999. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the author.

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