Exercise dampens men’s ardour

Doing a lot of exercise may make men look good but is doing nothing for their sex lives, according to a recent report.

In a US study, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 1100 men were questioned about the amount they exercised and about their sex lives.

Each of the men were then categorised according to whether they had short or long workouts and if they were light, moderate, or intense. Their libido was also grouped into high, moderate or low.

According to the researchers at the University of North Carolina, the less intense the workout the higher the libido. There appeared to be a ‘tipping point’ at which men are too tired to have sex or are less interested.

Lead researcher Anthony Hackney, a professor of exercise physiology and nutrition, said: “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.”

He believes both physical fatigue and reduced testosterone levels are likely to play a role.

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