Men who exercise too much are prone to lower libido

Francis Osborne
February 26, 2017

A new study showed that men who perform high-intensity exercise are more likely to have a reduced libido. However, a new study has found that men who enjoy intense workouts may experience low levels of libido. (We don't blame them: Looking at sex is bound to be more exciting than examining the spread of superbugs.) A new study conducted at the University of North Carolina found a link between exercise and how often men thought about and had sex.

Those males who engage in strenuous and vigorous exercise may have a humdrum sex life as compared to those who engage in lighter exercise. That could help them learn more about interconnections between those elements and shed light on the point where exercise begins to lower libidos in men.

A higher level of libido means a better sex life for men.

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.

Researchers developed an online survey for almost 1,100 participants. 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.

Conversely, the men with especially long or intense workouts reported lower libidos.

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They were categorised by their types of exercise, the intensity of their workouts and their desire for doing it.

The results were clear.

But Professor Hackney said: "Fertility specialists will often ask a woman about whether and how much she exercises". A prescribed medication that potentially affects one's libido could also be changed.

Intense exercise training may spark a condition called "exercise hypogonadal male condition", which occurs when the hormones testosterone and luteinizing hormone are suppressed, the researchers say.

Thus, they advise the doctors who deal with sex-related issues in men to ask them if they work out and they follow intense workout sessions.

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