“Women weaken legs…”

Rocky Movie

Rocky Movie

and so it went as Coach Mickey (Burgess Meredith ) told Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) while training for his championship fight in the first Rocky movie. But is that true? Does an extracurricular activity such as sex inhibit your training progress?

This subject has to be further defined since it can take on different variations of whether sexual activity hurts performance. Some of these variations are things such as physical impact, mental impact, how close to a workout, etc. Another variation is do the hormones released during sex actually help exercise activity.

From a long term and ‘physical’ perspective, sex does not weaken legs or hurt sports performance. Anyone in fairly good shape should never worry about whether sex will hurt their training. The most recent studies show that sexual intercourse has no detrimental effects on exercise workload, recovery or mental state even on the day of the activity but with a ‘catch’.

This ‘catch’ is that any sexual activity too close to an event does impact maximum aerobic power, oxygen pulse and recovery. The proximity to the event was found to be around two hours prior where noticeable impact was measured. This is primarily due to the release of oxytocin hormone which serves to relax you.

What about the hormonal aspects of sex?

Regular sex improves ones immune system against germs, viruses and other intruders. It raises the antibody that fights disease thus helping your workouts because you have more good days than ill days.

Studies have found a direct correlation with sex and lower blood pressure. This could be attributed to the fact that sex is like exercise burning about five calories per minute. It bumps your heart rate and you use various muscles in combination movements.

Men who have ejaculations monthly are less likely to get prostate cancer.

It improves sleep because the hormone prolactin is released after an orgasm which is responsible for the feeling of relaxation and sleepiness. It also eases stress from the release of oxytocin the feel-good hormone. Better sleep and less stress leads to great workouts.

More sex means higher libido and it can feed on itself. In men this means an increase of testosterone production which is one of the major factors in building strength and muscle.

So add a little (or more) sex in your life for you and your partner to be…Fit Forlife!

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