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Lovemaking and Athletic Performance

A study from Switzerland shows that making love up to two hours before an athletic competition may delay your recovery from exercise.

Competitive athletes made love two and ten hours before exercising as hard as they could. They were able to perform at their maximum and maintain their concentration, but their heart rates, two hours after making love, were faster 5 and 10 minutes after they finished exercising, a sign of delayed recovery from exercise, not fatigue from making love.

Their recovery heart rates were not increased when they exercise vigorously 10 hours after making love. So, if you believe that making love on the night before an important athletic competition will harm your performance, don't make love just before you compete and don't take pre-game warmups which use up far more energy than making love, the equivalent of walking up two flights of stairs.

Effect of sexual activity on cycle ergometer stress test parameters, on plasmatic testosterone levels and on concentration capacity - A study in high-level male athletes performed in the laboratory. J Sztajzel, , Periat, V Marti, P Krall, W Rutishauser. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 2000, Vol 40, Iss 3, pp 233-239Address Sztajzel J, Univ Hosp Geneva, Ctr Cardiol, 24 Rue Micheli du Crest, CH-1211 Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Checked 8/9/08

May 12th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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