Sex before sport is ok

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Muhammad Ali, who famously abstained from sex before a boxing match, was depriving himself unnecessarily it seems, as US and Mexican researchers have found that sexual activity the night before does not affect athletic performance. The small study found no real difference on physical exercise performance tests whether participants had abstained from sex the night before the tests, had sex the night before the tests, or had done a spot of yoga the night before the tests. In another bonus for lovers, they found that the more intense and pleasurable the orgasm, the lower people's systolic blood pressure.

Journal/conference: Sexual Medicine

Link to research (DOI): 10.1016/j.esxm.2018.12.002

Organisation/s: Georgia State University, USA

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From: Elsevier

Sex doesn’t impact sporting performance

Muhammad Ali famously abstained from sex for six weeks before a fight, while British boxer Carl Froch recently didn’t have sex for a whopping three months while prepping for a bout in the ring. But is there any truth to the long-held belief that sexual activity can impact sporting achievement? A study in Sexual Performance reveals there was no significant difference in athletic performance following sexual intercourse 7.6 hours before exercise. However, researchers did find that the more intense and pleasurable the orgasm, the lower the systolic blood pressure. Whilst the sample size of the study was small, participants underwent numerous physical exercise performance tests including lower body muscular power, upper body strength and reaction time on three different mornings under three conditions: no sexual intercourse the night before the tests (as a control); sexual intercourse the night before the tests; and yoga the night before the tests. The study found no substantial difference in performance across the three tests, whether sexual relations was had or not.

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