Not All Kinds of Exercise Might Be Good for Your Sex Life

The commonly held belief is that exercise is good for sex, too, among other health benefits. In fact, there are men who work out with the express intention of achieving greater sexual performance. However, exercise isn’t always the best remedy for a better sex life in men, according to a recent survey.

Interestingly enough, even though medical science has been researching the impact of exercise on sexual desire for a long time, the studies have often prioritized women over men. Studies of that kind have found that menstrual dysfunction is a notable risk for female athletes who are engaged in an intensive training regimen.

The reason exercise is often encouraged among men with regards to sex is because the right regimens have been proven to increase the production of testosterone in the body. And that can only do good for one’s sex drive and their ability to perform.

However, some medical professionals have begun to suggest that certain training regimens can actually have the opposite effect, debilitating sexual desire in the long run. The culprit in this case isn’t exercise in general but particularly intense exercise sessions.

Details about this issue were analyzed by a team from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The results, which can be seen in a recent Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise publication, were acquired by using questionnaires with which men were queried about their exercise habits and the frequency with which they engaged in sex. Along with the intensity of each participant’s workout, questions about medical history were raised as well.

Once enough data was collected, the researchers separated the study participants into groups depending on the intensity of their workouts. When the collected data was further analyzed, a pattern began to emerge. A greater libido was reported in men that pursued workouts that were either light or moderate in intensity. This pattern persisted even in older men. On the other hand, men who pursued high-intensity exercises reported some problems in the area of sex.

The researchers admitted that their sample wasn’t nearly as extensive as it could have been. In fact, not all the men participating in the survey were willing to answer the very intrusive and delicate questions the researchers were asking.

Anthony Hackney, lead of the research, wasn’t even certain why strenuous exercises caused a decrease in sexual desire. Anthony’s own assumption is that exhausting exercise regimens eventually cause testosterone levels to fall. Physical fatigue might also come into play.