Intense Workout Might Lower Male Libido

Posted February 26, 2017

The study also found that those men who had a less intense workout had a higher libido. Recent research out of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, however, reveals that men who work out intensely may have lower sex drives than those with more relaxed gym routines.

Also noted on the research is that male subjects who had exercised for shorter periods are more sexually active.

They found that men who exercise a lot reach a "tipping point", where they're too exhausted or no longer interested in sex.

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The study was published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. The researchers discovered a major discrepancy between the libido of the two groups, as the latter group has lower levels of sex drive than the first. Also, those who were the adepts of intense workout had lower libido levels as compared to the other participants.

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.

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Researchers developed a questionnaire to measure how often the study participants engaged in sexual activity. Most were experienced athletes who had participated for years in training and competitions.

Results showed clear patterns. However, he told the newspaper that it is likely that physical fatigue and reduced post-workout testosterone levels could play a role in the outcome.

A different set of questions was related to their workout habit, asking how intense and how frequent are their sessions.

Dr. Anthony Hackney, a professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of North Carolina, has pointed out that working out does not because a low libido, it depends on the duration of the workout and the intensity.

Dr Hackney suggests men test whether a change in training affects their sex drive, especially for those trying to conceive.