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Happy people do not run a mile. He was adding to an old debate: what impact does sex have on athletic performance? Back in BC Plato urged athletes to abstain before competition. The abstinence argument was based on the perceived effects of pre-event exertion on physical and mental strength: it was felt sex would burn too many calories and dull the edge needed for competition.
Related: Who's better at pacing men or women? In the last 20 years, research in this area has backed Pliny. Another study, from Colorado State University, US, found that men who had abstained from sex for six days did no better on a power test than men who had had sex the night. So while there is no evidence that sex before an event gives you an advantage, it seems there are no disadvantages, either. The exception, say researchers in Switzerland, is if you get frisky within two hours of a race, in which case you may suffer from a lack of concentration and focus.
As a post-race ritual, however, women should pay particular attention: researchers at Rutgers University, US, discovered that orgasms activate the anterior cingulate cortex and the insula — two areas of the brain associated with an analgesic effect. The takeaway is that an orgasm could be a pretty effective recovery tool. There are potential mental gains for both sexes, says psychosexual therapist Denise Knowles.
When we have sex we release feel-good endorphins and when we feel better we have more confidence. Forget popping the little blue pills and pop on your running shoes, instead. The clearly showed a ratio of each extra minute lasted on the treadmill translating to an extra two to three minutes of sexual activity. One University of California study found that after following a moderate aerobic regime four times a week for nine months, male subjects had sex 30 per cent more often, and with 26 per cent more orgasms.
A second study, conducted with volunteers of both sexes over a period of 18 years at the Center for Marital and Sexual Studies in Long Beach, California, found regular exercisers consistently reached orgasm easiest and most often. To take advantage of your enhanced physical state you must first be broadly in the right psychological frame of mind, says psychologist Dr Petra Boynton. Has something happened in your past that has blocked you?
Are you fundamentally low on confidence and embarrassed to let go? If so, getting physically fitter is not going to solve these issues, you need to talk to someone to get to the root of the problem. First, the situation for men. Weight and, in particular, a high body mass index have been shown to have a ificant effect on both sperm count and the chances of erectile dysfunction. Research shows the more fat you carry, the greater your chances of suffering from these issues. Happily, increasing your running can improve matters, especially in middle age: a Harvard University study found that men over the age of 50 who run for at least three hours a week have a 30 per cent lower risk of impotence than those who do little or no exercise.
Related: New study finds exercising during pregnancy can reduce duration of labour. Febbraro recommends wearing compression around the groin area either for training or recovery but not both, and not sleeping in recovery tights except after really hard sessions. And for women? The same doctrine of moderation applies when it comes to female fertility. According to NHS guidelines regular moderate exercise is key for promoting a healthy pre-pregnancy state. The benefits of running — such as less stress, increased circulation, greater strength and flexibility, and detoxification — all help to increase the chances of conception.
Pushing yourself too hard, the evidence shows, can have a negative impact on your chances of conceiving. Those who did little or no exercise were found to be at greater risk of ailments such as polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes and hypertension, all of which can reduce chances of conception. At the other end of the scale, the study along with numerous others suggested low levels of body fat less than 17 per cent are related to fertility issues. In addition, studies on athletic women have shown that their cortisol [the stress hormone] levels are constantly elevated and their thyroid hormone levels tend to drop, which le to greater adrenal stress and can cause poor reproductive function.
The more stressed you are, the less likely you are to want sex; a study from the University of Gottingen in Germany found that people who have sex less often tend to take on more work to compensate for their frustration. The increased work then le to more stress and, you guessed it, even less sex. And this increased friskiness is not age-dependent. Two studies from Harvard University, US, measured the increase in sexual desire after regular exercise in both college students and people aged In both age groups the more physically vigorous subjects reported a higher incidence of sexual activity.
According to McDermott, the psychological element of improving confidence about your physique also plays a role in the relationship between exercise and libido. This view is backed by US research from the University of Arkansas, in which physically fit men and women rated their own sexual desirability higher than less active men and women of the same age. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. A runner's guide to strength training. Could you be an Everesting champ?
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