Similar to other hormones, the onset of perimenopause and menopause cause the decline in production of testosterone (by at least 50%) in women. Again, hysterectomy with or without removal of the ovaries will cause a more significant decline in testosterone levels . Also, high levels of stress can divert the precursors for testosterone hormone production in women over to cortisol production and create a further reduction. High stress levels can also contribute to symptoms earlier in the perimenopause when a woman is in her late thirties or early forties. This means less energy, brittle hair, less bone and muscle strength, and a diminished sexual drive. A hysterectomy and some prescription drugs can also result in lower levels of testosterone for women .
Having a kettlebell is essentially halfway to having all the exercise equipment you need. From swings to deadlifts, presses, cleans, snatches and goblet squats, grabbing a kettlebell can help you unlock a near-limitless amount of full-body exercises that can string together a monster HIIT workout. If you plan to purchase just one, our advice is to chose a weight according to an exercise that you might find more challenging. You want a KB that's heavy enough to tax you with moves your efficient with but light enough that you can still move it without compromising your form.
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