At some point almost every athlete gets the urge to test their physical prowess by doing a marathon, triathlon, or some other type of endurance challenge. Why not, if you’re exercising almost every day anyway, it doesn’t take much extra effort to get race ready. Plus, having a fitness goal, such as an upcoming race, gives your workouts more meaning, helps you stay more consistent, as well as workout harder. However, there is one downside, as you get older this type of long endurance training can actually become counterproductive.

As We Age Our Fitness Needs Change

As we age our body chemistry begins to change, so our fitness needs also evolve. Generally speaking, once we pass our prime, our hormone production starts to decline which makes gaining muscle and losing body fat even more challenging. Specifically, at some point around 30, our pituitary gland synthesizes and secretes less human growth hormone (HGH). Unfortunately, human growth hormone stimulates the reproduction of cells which impacts muscle development, as well as increases calcium retention, plus strengthens and increases the mineralization of bone. Consequently, less growth hormone means smaller muscles and a weaker skeletal system over time.

Keep Your HGH at an Optimum Level as You Age

So what can we do about this unfortunate change in body chemistry that leads to aging? The answer, keep your HGH at an optimum level as you age so you can retain youthfulness as late into life as possible. Fortunately, certain amino acids stimulate the release of the growth hormone from the pituitary gland. Research has shown that if you take at least 2 grams of the amino acids L-Glutamine and L-Arginine two to three times a day, you can significantly elevate your natural production of HGH.

Written by
John Wildman
The Gabby and Laird Team


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