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Raise Testosterone with Exercise

Low testosterone in men can cause a host of symptoms, from fatigue and depression to lowered libido and erectile dysfunction. In some cases, however, a man can test positive for low (or “low normal”) levels of testosterone in the blood (also known as “low T”) without experiencing any symptoms. In these cases, is it smart to begin testosterone supplementation as a preventative measure?
Experts say no. The problem with treating low T by taking testosterone is that it can lead to serious health problems in the future, including prostate cancer and heart disease. In addition, even when they take the medication, many men do not feel any relief from low T symptoms.
The good news is that there are natural ways to boost testosterone levels. Losing weight and exercising have been clinically proven to help men with low T, as well as improving their general health.

We can design a program to help boost testosterone, keeping in mind the following:

  • Weight control is key. Being obese and being underweight are linked with low T. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to balance hormones, so your exercise program may focus on aerobic, calorie-burning activities.
  • Beware of “too much of a good thing.” Overdoing exercise, on the other hand, can have the reverse effect, actually causing lowered testosterone and elevated cortisol (a stress hormone) in men. In fact, many bodybuilders and elite athletes experience this issue due to the intensity of their workouts.
  • Certain exercises are better than others. Strength training has the greatest effect on testosterone, but endurance and resistance training will also cause a temporary spike in the hormone. Experts also recommend full-body workouts with heavier weights and shorter rest periods.


If you have extremely low levels of testosterone or your symptoms fail to improve, your physician may prescribe testosterone supplementation. Nevertheless, a good exercise program can allow your body to help the medication do its job. Ask us about designing a low T exercise program for you.
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Paramus, and Bergen County region. This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative program.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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