Researchers from Taiwan studied the effects that active or passive recovery would have on the testosterone/cortisol ratio and what they found was very interesting. Immediately after a whole-body resistance exercise workout, males performed one of the following recovery routines:
- Moderate-intensity running (but still able to hold a conversation)
- Low-intensity running (barely jogging)
The testosterone/cortisol ratio was more than two times higher in the low-intensity running group as compared to the higher intensity running group. The authors concluded that resistance exercise followed by low-intensity aerobic exercise maximizes the anabolic response from the workout.
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