By Heather Wildman - Whichever step you are in your fitness journey it's important to understand how different types of workouts can impact your performance and ultimately determine whether or not you will reach the desired results.
One thing to keep in mind is how to optimize the natural production of human growth hormone.
Workouts should be designed to help optimize the natural production of human growth hormone, by combining high-intensity interval training with active recovery exercises.
I call it “Youth Hormone”, which is essential to reducing body fat and building muscle, plus improving skin elasticity, promoting better hair and nail growth, as well as many other physiological and psychological benefits.
Sometime around the age of 30 most people start to experience a decline in growth hormone production which can decrease by as much as 1% to 2% per year, so by your mid-fifties, your body is likely producing half as much growth hormone as when you were 20.
This makes getting the desired benefits of exercise far more difficult. While it may sound counter intuitive, as you get older you need a workout program which incorporates short-duration high-intensity exercise that stimulates the natural production of highly beneficial growth hormone.
So, if you are over 30, it's time to say goodbye to long slow endurance workouts, and adopt an exercise program that uses high intensity explosive movements to stimulate the production of Youth Hormone. With the right exercise program, you can quickly start to look and feel young again.
When I was in my twenties and early thirties, I participated in dozens of marathons and triathlons, including the Boston Marathon and Hawaii Ironman championship. I was very much addicted to endurance training, and would spend hours everyday jogging, swimming and biking.
I thought my endurance training would keep me at my best forever. But as I got older, I discovered that my extreme endurance training was actually having the reverse effect of what I wanted to achieve.
It has been scientifically proven that endurance training results in the increased production of a stress hormone called Cortisol which can lead to an increase in stored body fat, muscle weakness, anxiety, and depression. Excessive endurance training will wear out your body and accelerate the aging process.
I still occasionally participate in marathons and triathlons, but my training now consists primarily of high-intensity short-duration exercises combined with active recovery movements.
Now in my early fifties, I am stronger and faster, plus have more muscles mass and less body fat than any other time of my life. It’s absolutely true, at 51 I can perform better than when I was twenty. Sure, the extra muscle and upper body strength slows me down a bit in a marathon, but I can run a hundred-yard sprint faster now than ever before.
Better yet, I feel invincible, confident, and know my Fountain of Youth training program will allow me to live the highest possible quality of life.
The moral of my personal journey is you need to properly match your exercise program to your life goals. Don’t feel limited by your age. Most importantly, make sure your workouts are not aging you. If you want to look and feel younger, you need a workout that maximizes the production of growth hormone, there is no way around it!
Heather Wildman is an endurance athlete, mountain climber, paddle boarder, triathlete, and marathoner.
Her high intensity Fountain of Youth workouts will effectively help you lose weight, improve performance, increase strength, plus develop better balance, flexibility and coordination at any age.
To join her growing community of clients, fans and followers looking to reverse the ageing process and get back into the best shape of their lives go to: Malibu Fountain Of Youth Fitness.