Training and sex, or is it the other way around?

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Train as little as possible, or at least very short sessions to have more sex!

Pre-season is almost over and training focus will now shift from building strength and stamina towards improving overall speed, trying to hit the performance peak just before the next race.

Training with the aim to win, or to position oneself in the top-tier, comes with many benefits and some disadvantages. For many, this type of training focus helps structure general life, have positive impact on overall health, well-being and specifically on lower body weight, aerobic and anaerobic fitness, cardiovascular health and so on. This well-being is also interconnected to cognitive and mental health.

However, this level of training comes at a price. A price that might be too costly for some.

Completely drained of energy
Completely drained of energy

One aspect which is often overlooked in relation to this level of training intensity, is one’s sexual drive. In a recent study, (Hackney et. al, 2017) researchers set out to test the libido among men performing endurance exercise training. The aim was to understand if the sex drive varied and what the potential causes were. As it turns out, the differences were quite significant. Men who trained the least turned out to have a sex drive 7 times higher than those with the highest level of training intensity. Similarly, yet not as strong relation, was found regarding duration, that is, the shorter the training session, the stronger the sex drive.

Sound sexual relations with a partner is a corner-stone in any healthy relationship. If this one fails, probably so will eventually the relationship and most likely also your own self-esteem; a good sex life is a great morale booster. We humans thrive on relationships and sex, but training to be the best might come at too high of a price for some, resulting in a difficult trade-off. Therefore, we should have this in mind when planning for winning the next race.

If you’re not sure how to tackle this somewhat troublesome news, we recommend you to go for a sprint race and not to win it, but instead have fun before, during and after.

Of course, racing fast is rewarding but now racing slow has turned out to possibly be even more rewarding! So in essence, it’s all about finding the right balance and racing smart!

/The WoS Team – Swimrun Relationship Counsellors

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Endurance Exercise Training and Male Sexual Libido

Anthony C. Hackney, Amy R. Lane, Johna Register-Mihalik, and Colin B. O’Leary

Abstract

Purpose: To study the associations between aspects of endurance exercise training and the sexual libido in healthy men using a cross-sectional online survey study design. Methods: A developed online survey questionnaire was utilized. The questionnaire was based upon pre-existing validated questionnaires and use to assess elements of physical characteristics, exercise training-habits and libido of participants (n=1077). Three evidence-based categories were created for the primary outcome of total libido score and low, normal, and high response categories set. The high and normal categories were combined to form a high/normal score group and the low category formed a low score group. Odds ratios (OR) were calculated to examine group categorization. Results: Age, training intensity, and training duration of participants had significant (p<0.02) univariate relationships, with libido scores and were thus included in the multivariate model. In the multivariate model, training intensity (p<0.0001) and duration (p<0.002) components were the most significantly associated with libido group designation (high/normal vs. low). Participants with the lowest (OR: 6.9; 95% CI: 2.6-17.9) and mid-range training intensities (OR: 2.8; 95% CI: 1.4-5.3) had greater odds of high/normal libido state than those with the highest training intensity. Participants with the shorter (OR: 4.1; 95% CI: 1.6-10.0) and mid-range training durations (OR: 2.5; 95% CI: 1.3-4.8) at their current intensity also had greater odds of high/normal libido score than those with a greatest duration. Conclusion: Exposure to higher levels of chronic intense and greater durations of endurance training on a regular basis are significantly associated with a decreased libido scores in men. Clinicians who treat male patients for sexual disorders and, or council couples on infertility issues should consider the degree of endurance exercise training a man is performing as a potential complicating factor.