Being in good shape and keeping an intense exercise routine has been known to help men attract a partner, but a recent study has revealed excessive exercise may not benefit men in the bedroom.
Your workout routine may be shrinking your sex life, and slide #4 proves it may be a good idea to give yourself a rest day or two!
10. Most Guys Aim To Be Big And Buff
Although everyone has their own opinions on what is physically appealing, many men want to be muscular and in peak physical shape. It pays off to be fit — it can improve physical, mental, and emotional health, and it definitely doesn’t hurt when looking for a love connection!
But slide #6 shows it may lead to romantic complications.
9. Staying Strict In Your Workout Routine Has Its Benefits
Peak physical fitness doesn’t come easily. It takes daily training and sometimes strict dietary restrictions to get the results you are looking for.
Between the pre-workout shakes and endless sessions of weightlifting, it can be hard to have your mind on anything else. Intense workouts affect your body in ways that you don’t even realize.
8. High-Intensity Workout Routines Many Hinder Romance
Although being in your physical prime requires that you log the man hours, those with consistent, vigorous exercise routines may have some unexpected results when it comes to their romantic relationships.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that your exercise routine may have a direct effect on your sex life.
7. Men Who Workout Out Intensely Have Lower Libidos
It turns out that the coveted macho man may not have the same flawless form in the bedroom.
The study revealed that men with intense exercise routines showcase a lower sex drive, and rigorous workouts were “associated with lower libido,” according to Anthony Hackney, a professor of exercise physiology and nutrition.
Slide #2 proves that less really is more!
6. The Study Examined The Sexual Habits Of Active Men
Researchers developed two questionnaires. One asked questions about a person’s sexual habits while the other required information about their exercise habits.
These questionnaires were then publicized for various athletes to submit their responses, and the response was astounding. Around 1,100 physically-active men completed the surveys, which allowed researchers to examine a variety of men with different levels of exercise.
5. The Men Were Separated Into Various Groups
By utilizing their responses, researchers were able to classify the men by their workout and their level of sex drive. Their workouts were classified by the length of their exercise routine as well as the intensity of their workout. They were also labeled as having a low, moderate, or high libido based on their answers.
These results were compared, and slide #3 shows there is a definite pattern!
4. Full-Time, Intense Athletes Had Less Interest In Sex
The men who reported to have light to moderate exercise routines also admitted to having moderate to high libidos. On the other hand, men with more serious exercise routines mainly reported having a low libido.
These results are telling, and the next slide shows there may be numerous factors affecting an active man’s sex life.
3. The Link Between Excessive Exercise And Low Sex Drive Is Complex
“Both physical fatigue and lower testosterone levels after exhausting exercise likely play a role,” said Professor Anthony Hackney at the University of North Carolina.
Although there is a definite link between a man’s level of exercise and his libido, more intensive studies need to be conducted so that researchers can determine the exact level of exercise that activates a decrease in sex drive.
In the meantime, there are ways that men can ensure that they stay active between the sheets.
2. Protect Your Form And Sexual Performance
Researchers’ advice to men worried about losing their sex drive to their gym routine? Ease up a bit if you’re feeling your sex drive isn’t up to par.
Professor Anthony Hackney suggests men “try exercising a little less, to see if his libido changes.” The next slide shows this is especially important for those men looking to start a family.
1. Exercise May Affect More Than Female Fertility
“Fertility specialists will often ask a woman about whether and how much she exercises. Based on our data, we think they should also be asking the man,” Hackney stated.
Further research on male hormones and increased exercise will help researchers better understand what hitting the gym does to the male body, in and out of romantic intimacy!
Getting the recommended amount of exercise is key to maintaining a healthy body and mind, but it may have more effects on the male body than once presumed. Bulking up may come with some less-than-stellar consequences, and the study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina reveals that an excessive exercise routine may affect a man’s bench press and bedroom performance.
More extensive research has to be conducted to determine the exact tipping point of when a man’s libido begins to be affected by their workout, but we are well on our way to understanding the impact that pumping iron has on putting out!