Strenuous exercise may keep you in shape, but it’ll affect your love life.
Men who perform grueling workouts have lower libidos than those who do lighter exercise, a new study claims.
For years, scientists have debated whether or not exercise affects sexual desire and human reproduction.
But this is one of the first studies to scientifically examine the relationship between men’s workouts and their sex lives, because past studies have focused on women.
Men who perform grueling workouts have lower sex drives than men who do light workouts, a new study claims
Past research has found that many female athletes, such as marathon runners, develop menstrual dysfunction – abnormal uterine bleeding – from their intense training.
Caused by hormonal imbalances, these dysfunctions are rare and are usually resolved after the athlete lightens her training load.
Meanwhile, contradictory research has been published over the years regarding heavy exercise and its impact on men’s libidos and fertility.
There have been suggestions in the past that moderate amounts of physical activity increase the production of the hormone testosterone, which in theory should ramp up sex drive.
But other studies have concluded that long and and grueling training sessions may actually blunt the testosterone levels in a man’s bloodstream both immediately and over the long term.