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Weight Loss at 50

John Turnbull

Posted on August 19, 2018 10:00

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An unconventional way for men to work up a sweat.

I'm looking at some old photos of me. You know, the ones that end up in the online dating profiles. And I was fit! It wasn't from lifestyle, let me tell you that; I ate, drank and consumed anything and everything. Now, if I smell someone's meat sweats I gain a pound. My feet are shrinking from lack of sunlight. How did the belly get so big? What can I do without drastic measures, like going to gym and working hard every day of the week? Who has time for that?

It is often reported that the biggest reason for belly weight gain in men when they approach 50 is the decline of testosterone. I believe this. I'm certainly not as inclined to go out to a bar and get in a fight over a woman. Or rev my car engine and crank tunes at a douchebag level. Or prove to my buddies how much I can drink - well, I might still be guilty of that one... but the point is made.

So the solution should be simple, right? Increase my testosterone. The problem is, every fitness guru (all looking photo shopped) has their own methods and diets to do this, all costing money, and most bullsh*t. Hell, I'll gain 10 more pounds by sitting on my butt doing the research. And some of these exercises I couldn't even do when I was young and spry. Nope, not gonna happen. I'll certainly strain something, assuming my heart doesn't pop like stepping on a grape.

But I may have found a solution. Putting on a good sweat, I mean dripping-wet-soaking-your-clothes kind of sweat has to account for some weight loss. And the best method for me of late is... drum roll, please... housework! That's right, cleaning the house.

Scrubbing the tub and shower, hands and knees floor cleaning, stretching to dust off the ceiling fans and light fixtures, wiping the baseboards. After 2 hours of this, I'm a gooey mess, and it feels GREAT! Plus, can you ever score brownie points with your partner, which might lead to another way to produce a lot of sweat.

The irony of doing a task that is still mostly viewed as an estrogen-based activity (how many men wave around Febreeze or hang out with Mr. Clean in TV commercials?) when the goal is to increase testosterone is not lost on me. But so what? I'm too old to care about that crap. And I'll take a cleaning cloth over a pretzel Pilate any day of the week. Well, usually Saturdays.

John Turnbull

Posted on August 19, 2018 10:00

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Source: ScienceDaily

In obese middle-aged men, losing weight while dieting normally depletes both fat and muscle. But adding testosterone treatment...

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