Online session focuses on helping men improve physical, mental performance

Who doesn’t want to perform at their top of their game?

Having the energy to chase the kids or grandkids around the yard. Harnessing the focus and drive to finish that big work project. For most men, it’s not about being Superman, but about being the best man you can be.

Men's Health

Healthy IU is encouraging men to think more about their health with an upcoming online session.

For men, daily habits affect testosterone levels, which in turn can affect their quality of life. Healthy IU is hoping to provide a little encouragement for men to think more about their health, make healthy choices and essentially improve their overall daily life.

Steven Lalevich, Healthy IU dietitian at the IU Health Center, will host an online session, “Men: How to Be at the Top of Your Game,” from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 25. The presentation will focus on ways for men to naturally improve their testosterone levels to increase both physical and mental performance.

“Just about every aspect of a man’s lifestyle could be influencing his testosterone level, one way or the other,” Lalevich said. “Things like sleep, diet, physical activity and stress can all have significant effects on testosterone production.”

Testosterone, the hormone that helps maintain a man’s bone density, muscle strength, facial and body hair and sex drive, can affect both a man’s physical performance — such as strength and endurance — and mental performance, such as memory and concentration. It also supports feeling energized and having a positive sense of well-being.

Sleep, diet and exercise are the most common and effective ways to improve overall well-being, Lalevich said, with exercise being one of the best ways to improve testosterone levels.

Steven Lalevich

Steven Lalevich, registered dietitian with Healthy IU

“Exercise not only has a direct effect on raising testosterone, but it also helps manage stress and burn body fat,” he said. “Too much stress or body fat can lower testosterone, so exercise is a great option for multiple reasons.”

In addition to sleep, diet and exercise, environmental toxins can also impair a man’s testosterone level, while also causing excessive levels of estrogen.

“Endocrine disruptors, such as bisphenol A (BPA), are often found in plastic containers and can leach into foods and beverages and alter sex hormones in the body,” Lalevich said. “It’s best to limit use of plastics, and especially avoid heating plastic containers, which increases the amount of these compounds that leach out.”

Lalevich encourages anyone interested in learning more about improving their testosterone level to tune in to the Feb. 25 session. Registration and more information about the session are available on Healthy IU’s website.