Sex & Cycling: The Valentines Day Version

Recently, Bicycling Magazine polled it’s readers in it’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Survey and found that 51 percent of the readers reported that if forced to give up either sex or cycling for a month, they’d rather ride their bikes! You’d think that the “extracurricular activities” of two wheeled enthusiasts must be pretty lackluster, but the truth of the matter is, putting in more time in the saddle can actually help you in the sack.

How, you ask? Here are a few well documented benefits…

A leaner body According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overweight people are at increased risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more—any of which can ruin your sex life faster than seeing your grandparents in the altogether. Another tidbit to spur along male slackers: Abdominal fat can add up around the base of the penis, making it appear smaller. You can “lose” an inch of penis for every extra 35 pounds you carry…Yeah yeah TMI

Stress Relief It’s difficult to remain amorous when job and family pressures hang over the bed like a black cloud. But throw a leg over the saddle and you throw stress out the window. “Aerobic exercise, such as cycling, is considered one of the healthiest ways to relieve stress,” says Scott Saifer, exercise physiologist and CEO of Wenzel Coaching.

Improved stamina A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that men over 50 who kept physically active were 30 percent less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than men who were inactive. In fact, according to the researchers, the most physically active men seemed to have the sexual ability of men two to five years younger.

Increased arousal A University of Texas at Austin researcher found that vigorous exercise—specifically, cycling—helped increase sexual arousal in women, both subjectively (the women reported being more aroused from an adult movie after a brief ride than they were without the ride) and objectively (blood flow to the genitals was significantly increased).

Higher sex drive Testosterone is directly related to sex drive in both men and women, making us want to have sex, pursue sex, initiate sex, and perhaps dominate the lovemaking. A study at Britain’s University of Newcastle upon Tyne found that older men who exercise regularly produce more growth hormone and testosterone than those who lead an inactive life. Regular exercise can boost testosterone levels in women, as well—proof that regular rides will make you want to “ride regularly”.

More frequent sex A study was conducted at the University of California looking at the sexual behaviour of two groups of middle-aged men. The first group followed a regular training plan, which involved exercising for one hour, three to four days per week. The second group didn’t exercise and after nine months, those in the first group reported a 30 per cent increase in the frequency of sex with their partners.

Get the blood pumping Cycling is one of the best exercises for building the cardiovascular system. According to cardiologist Michael Crawford, MD, “A well-trained heart can pump up to 50 per cent more blood with every beat compared to an untrained one. It’s your sexual drumbeat.” And we all know how important maintaining good blood flow is!

Going that extra mile Just like in cycling, it seems some can last longer than others. Cycling is up there as one of the best sports for cardiovascular conditioning, leading to an increase in your energy levels elsewhere in your body, resulting in you taking longer to tire! Also, strenuous physical activity makes you more attuned to your body and its sensations. That’s a good thing, right?

Stronger muscles No, not that muscle! Cycling builds powerful leg, buttock and lower back muscles. According to Dr. Matthew Forsyth, MD, a urologist and cyclist in Portland, Oregon, “All these muscles are used during intercourse. The better developed these muscles, the longer and more athletic intercourse will be.”

Exercise high It’s a well-known fact that hormones called endorphins are released during and after physical exertion and produce a feeling of satisfaction and extreme well-being. They are sometimes called the body’s own opiates. But did you know that they can also make you feel aroused? Researchers at the University of Chicago discovered that one in four women had experienced sexual arousal while exercising.

Confidence in yourself At the end of a long and testing ride, although you may feel a little tired initially, the feeling of accomplishment burns brightly from within. Confidence in your ability and physical prowess will not only make you feel sexier, but will often be reflected in the way you are perceived by others.

We are at the dawn of the of the age of the sexy cyclist, cycling is no longer the geeky loser’s sport that it once was. Instead, not only has it become sexier, but it can it improve your “pulling power and your performance too”. So don’t be shy, get out and ride a bike…the “benefits” will surprise you.

Happy Valentines Day!

Finished Cycle: Feb 14, 2012 10:21:47 AM
Route: Miromar-30
Ride Time: 1:41:53
Stopped Time: 6:24
Distance: 30.21 miles
Average: 17.79 mph
Fastest Speed: 26.13 mph
Ascent: 697 feet
Descent: 635 feet
Calories: 1756

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