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Strenuous Workout Schedule Could Lead to Lower Libido Among Men: Research
Men who engage in high intensity exercise have higher chances of suffering from decline in libido compared to men with moderate or light workout schedule, according to a research conducted by a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina. Exercise is considered as an important factor in improving sex life and libido but too much of exercise could be bad. The research team suggested that people undergoing strenuous exercise could get too tired for performance in bed. Other reason could be post-exercise drop in testosterone level.
The research team from University of North Carolina surveyed 1,000 men for their study. They were asked about their workout schedule and their sex life. The research team split study participants in different groups based on duration and intensity of exercise. The team found men with high intensity exercise reporting lower libido compared to men with moderate or light workout schedule.
However, the data for the study was self-reported and the research team has suggested further research on the topic before reaching a conclusion on impact of high intensity workout.
Detailed findings of the research team have been published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
In a statement to the New York Times, study leader Anthony Hackney, a professor of exercise physiology and nutrition at UNC, said, “The research doesn't prove high intensity workouts cause a diminished sex drive, only that strenuous exercise "was associated with lower libido."
A report published by Newser added, “It turns out that men who regularly engage in workouts that are particularly long or intense might not have enough reserve energy or even testosterone to want to, well, sweat between the sheets.”
Fitness is important but at times, people engaged in regular exercise sometimes feel something missing in their life if they miss their exercise schedule.