Sexercise: Sex and Serious Sporting:

Which should come first? Is there a relationship between both? Would having sex before heading to the gym affect my performance in a good or a bad way? Should I avoid sex before tomorrow’s match? These and many other questions may cross the minds of those obsessed with practicing sports either part of living a healthy life or moreover professional athletes and their coaches. That level of obsession in turn raises a dilemma among sport fans.

Ancient medicine schools suggested a positive effect of abstaining from sex on body performance. A myth that has been adopted by many athletes along history. For example, you would find professional boxers as Clay pausing romance for several weeks before an important fight. Similarly, a major league soccer player’s sex life would go on hold during training camps and during competitions. On the other hand, we find schools encouraging the opposite believing that sex close to sports had a positive effect on performance. Many famous American football players and serious martial art fighters have confessed during interviews that their rule was having all the sex they could right before matches.

Every school has its own theory, nothing to do with weakening the knees or getting rid of body toxins of course. Those supporting abstinence see that sexual frustration due to abstinence may not only conserve energy but raise the level of aggression thus endurance of an athlete as well. Others of the same group may relate sex to a state of exhaustion and lack of concentration in case sleep routine was disturbed, not to mention the risk of minor injuries as sprains especially if matters had gone a bit rough under the sheets. Some experts even blame sex for altering heart rates of athletes. However, the group encouraging sex before sports sees that sexual frustration may actually be harmful and distracting to an athlete supporting the notion that regular sex before sports relaxes the mind and soul which in turn helps in keeping a sharp focus. Also some claim that sex causes a surge in blood testosterone levels which is an important anabolic hormone responsible for muscle bulk in addition to our sense of well-being. 

While several investigations attempt to solve this dilemma, research stands short of supporting any concrete effect for sex on body performance or stamina. Hence, available data to date, relies mainly on experts’ opinions awaiting further studies. Until then, which theory we support may remain according to our personal preference and acquaintance of each one’s body. No one can argue that a healthy life style comprising a balanced diet of healthy ingredients and an adequate amount of rest and activity is always the key to optimum performance and well-being.

Author’s bio: Dr. Ahmed Ragheb, MD, PhD, is one of the most prominent experts in treating male infertility and sexual dysfunction in Egypt. He has extensive experience in the field of microscopical surgical extraction of sperm in and penile implants for the treatment of erectile dysfunction with the latest techniques published, some attributed to him and his surgical team. Dr. Ahmed Ragheb graduated from the oldest and largest medical school in Egypt and the Middle East, Kasr Alainy Medical School of Cairo University, which is considered the original school of medicine in the Arab world. Visit Dr. Ragheb’s website to learn more about male infertility and sexual dysfuntion.

 

 

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