It was only recently I truly discovered how important testosterone levels are.
As a man low testosterone can lead to numerous damaging effects from low sex drive to extreme fatigue.
In fact, here are just a handful of effects caused by low testosterone.
Low Sex Drive
Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer
Increased Risk of Alzheimers Disease
Increased Fat Tissue
With these in mind improving your testosterone levels are hugely important but how do you do it?
At first it might seem daunting, it might seem like something you need to a see a Doctor for, but in most cases a few simple changes can cause an increase in testosterone.
The Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Firstly it’s going to be difficult to increase testosterone to feel change if your levels are already normal or high.
There’s numerous symptoms that will often highlight if you do suffer with low testosterone, but alongside referencing the symptoms I highly recommend getting solid data.
A blood test will show your testosterone levels and will show if your levels are low.
Getting this data is invaluable as you can use it as a benchmark to improve upon.
Using some of the simple recommendations in this article will help improve your testosterone levels and not only should you feel the benefits a blood test in the near future should also show an increase in your testosterone levels.
Here are some of the main symptoms of low testosterone.
Always Feeling Tired
Lack of Motivation
Low Sex Drive
Low Self Confidence
Struggling To Lose Weight
Loss of Muscle Mass
Reduced Strength/Endurance Levels
So knowing the importance of increasing your testosteroen and understanding that your levels are low it’s time to increase it.
But on the 18th July at 3:26am my son Teddie was born.
It was an unreal moment, an experience I’ll never forget and one I still find hard to explain today.
It was a crazy 48 hours.
My step son Freddie had his birthday (and house party) on the 17th of July. We had a bouncy castle, a BBQ, school friends and more.
It was a manic but fun day, and people left around 6pm.
An hour later Amy was watching TV upstairs, I was cooking some dinner and then I heard the call.
“My waters have broken”
To cut a long story short, we’d planned for a home birth but had to go into hospital due to lack of midwives on duty.
We arrived around 9pm, everything went well and as mentioned he was born at 3:26am the next day. (We narrowly escaped two birthdays in one day)
But why am I telling you all of this?
I came up with the idea to document the first year of Teddie’s life.
I didn’t want to just share videos of him eating, pooing and sleeping… I wanted to create something meaningful.
First Year Dad is a series of videos that highlight the lessons I’ve learnt from being a Dad.
These lessons will help me, will hopefully help you watching them and I’ll show them to Teddie when he’s older.
Let’s be honest, the first year is one you typically don’t remember. But me creating this video series, not only can he hopefully learn from the lessons he can always look back on the first year of his life.
Here’s the first video I created where I explain all in more detail.
The Lessons So Far
I wanted to create this post highlighting some of the main lessons I’ve learnt so far.
I want to make it clear…
These lessons don’t just relate to being a Dad.
These are lessons you can implement into your life and lessons I’ll continue to implement into mine.
1. The Importance of Friends & Family
How often do you take your family and friends for granted?
I know I have in the past.
When Teddie was born the support we got was incredible.
My Mum and Amy’s parents helped massively, my brother, our close friends…
Everyone was there to help when we needed it.
Without this support it would have made the first few days a lot more difficult than they were.
Choose your support group wisely, invest in them (give) and then when you need help they’ll give back.
2. Choose Your Partner Wisely
I couldn’t have handled the first few weeks without Amy.
She’s changed 90% of nappies, fed him 90% of the time and has already been an amazing Mum to him.
Sure that may make me sound lousy, but it’s only right to give credit when credit is due.
Make sure you’re always working on improving your relationship. Focusing on their needs and their fulfilment will in return fulfil you.
Sharing this experience with her will again make parenting easier, but it’s also going to be massively enjoyable.