How does running affect your sex life?

As a runner, you’re already familiar with the benefits of the sport. It reduces stress, improves memory, lowers the risks of chronic diseases, and makes you live a longer, healthier life.

But did you know that it also improves your sex like almost nothing else?

In today’s article, I’m going to share with you some of the scientific studies that show that exercise is one of the best shortcuts to a happy climax.

  1. Feel-Good Chemicals

A major obstacle to sexual desire is depression.

However, research has revealed that running releases brain chemicals known as endorphins—along with the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin –which can alleviate symptoms of depression, thus improve sexual desire.

In other words, when you feel good, you’re more like to seek sex and more of it.

For more on this subject, check this in-depth New York Times Article.

2. Improved Confidence

Self-consciousness around body image can also limit your libido.

Again, running, and exercise in general, has been shown to improve body confidence by helping you appreciate your body and what it can achieve.

Not only will exercises alter your body shape, but also enables you to appreciate your body and what it can accomplish. You’re more like to want to show it off to your partner when you like how your body looks.

Research out of the University of Arkansas showed that physically fit subjects rate their sexual desirability higher than sedentary men and women of the same age.

Roughly 80 percent of men and 60 percent of women who hit the gym two to three times per week rated their sexual desirability as above as average.

What’s more?

In a survey conducted by Runners World, roughly 90 percent of 1,500 respondents reported that pounding the pavement gives them more body confidence in the bedroom.

3. Running Makes You Last Longer

A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found a strong link between running endurance and sexual endurance.

More specifically, each extra minute of running on the treadmill results in an additional two to three minutes of sexual activity.

4. Your Orgasms Get More Intense

Finish researchers who looked into more than 5,500 women in their 40’s and 50’s found a positive link between aerobic exercises and orgasms.

Research out of the Center for Marital and Sexual Studies in Long Beach looked into subjects of both sexes over 18 years and found that people who work out more consistently were able to reach orgasm more easily and most often.

5. Your Orgasms Get More Numbered

Research conducted at the University of California revealed that the subject had 30 percent more sex, with roughly 25 percent more orgasms after sticking a to a moderate exercise program four times a week for nine months.

Another study published in the Endocrine Society found that running can lead to a boost in testosterone in men as well as a reduction in hypogonadism–which is the diminished functional activity of the gonads, leading to diminished production of sex hormones, causing a plethora of sexual disorders, such as erectile dysfunction.

6. Running Makes You Fertile

What puts your fertility at the greatest risk is being overweight.

Research has found that a high body mass index puts a significant dent in both sperm count and the risks for erectile dysfunction. The more fat you carry, the increased risk.

Research published in Obstetrics & Gynecology revealed that women who hit the gym regularly had a lowered risk of infertility due to ovulation disorders.

Not only that, men aged 50 and over who pound the pavement at least three hours a week were 30 percent less likely to suffer from impotence than those who do little to no exercise, research shows.

7. Doing It Too Much

Before you run yourself into the ground trying to become a sex god, take a look at the latest research published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Research has found a strong inversely proportional link between training intensity and sexual desire.

This means that logging in endless miles will not turn into a sex god, but instead may leave you too depleted for lovemaking.

Too much vigorous running has been linked to lowered fertility, according to a Human Reproduction and a Harvard study of elite athletes.

Another research conducted at the University of Connecticut, male runners who log in serious miles—about 60 miles or more every week—may suffer a 30 percent lowering in circulating testosterone as well as a drop in semen quality.

The reason?

Too much running can harm your sperm count.  Logging in endless miles will only lead to a subsequent drop in testosterone levels.

This can be blamed on many factors, including:

  • Drastic reduction in body fat can affect the quantity and quality of sperm count.
  • Pounding the pavement endlessly in tight shorts—especially those that squeeze around the reproductive area—can often lead to varicocele, which is the enlargement of the veins within and around the scrotum.

Conclusion

There you have it. If you have any doubts about the effects of running, and regular exercise, on your sexual stamina, then know it’s, for the most part, a positive impact. All you need to do is to keep training within your fitness skillset. The rest is just detail.

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions in the section below.

In the meantime, thank you for dropping by.

Keep Running Strong

David D.