Strenuous Physical Training Can Lower Male Libido, Study Finds

Man with low libido.

New study points out that gym-addiction can lead to decreased libido in men.

Thinking about hitting the gym more often to get those six packs you’ve often dreamed about? Hold on to that though because, according to a new study, men who often engage in strenuous physical training can experience a low sexual drive, as intense exercises might impede testosterone secretion. The same conclusion has been reached when researching the case files of male patients taking heart medication, abusing substances, or having sleep issues.

The Study’s Outlines

It’s a well-establish fact that a moderate physical training routine can increase the male libido, by stimulating the secretion of testosterone. But what happens when you overdo it? According to a new study published in the Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, intense workouts can have the opposite effect.

More specifically, the study, which was published on the 13th of February, reveals that strenuous physical training can actually lower the male libido. Subsequently, these training sessions can lower male hormone secretion and, overall, decrease the sexual. Plainly speaking, men who choose to move in the gym are just too tired to spend some extra energy on bedroom activities.

Low Libido – Strenuous Training, Heart Medication, Sleep Issues, and Drug Abuse

So, what’s there to be done? Anthony Hackney of the University of North Carolina believes he has an answer. Hackney, who is part of the research team who studied the link between sex drive and physical activity, declared that communication is the best way to solve this issue.

More specifically, Hackney said that couple counseling is the proper way to address sex drive issues. With the health of a therapist, a couple can figure out the best way to stay in shape and to increase or maintain the same sexual drive level.

Furthermore, the team believes that, like in many things, moderation is the key to solving this riddle. The study also pointed out some fascinating aspects pertaining to the effects of strenuous physical training on male libido.

Hackney has observed that other factors besides overtraining can have the same result. For instance, male patients taking heart medication such as beta-blockers or ACE inhibitors can experience a similar sex drive decrease. Furthermore, the same results have been observed in patients taking hair loss treatment.

Sleep issues and drug abuse can have the same disastrous effect on male libido. The team noted that patients with obstructive sleep apnea generally have a lower testosterone level. Furthermore, substance abuse can also impede the body’s ability to secrete testosterone, which results in decreased libido.

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About Andreas Petersen

Andreas was too little to remember when he and his parents first set foot in America. He considers himself a true American citizen, but uses every opportunity to promote his Danish origins. He is deeply found of politics, all nations’ politics and generally looks forward to the presidential elections. His BA degree in Political Sciences has helped him get familiar to the constitutional frames of US and non-US nations.