Addictions. We all have them whether we choose to admit it or not. Some addictions are harmless and done in moderation. Other addictions not so much. Hi my name is Syn and I am addicted to running and sex...Among other things (Social media, blogging, chocolate, adrenaline...The list goes on).
Yep I said it! It wouldn't be a Run in Syn blog if I didn't talk about one of my favorite topics -SEX! We all do it, whether it is to pro create or for simple pleasures. While I do like to over indulge a tad in my running and sexual addictions, I don't feel that I need to attend a meeting or seek help. I don't consider it a problem. While I am thinking about both topics often I also think of food just as much. While I engage in these activities often (okay maybe I run way more than I have sex, unfortunately), I do them recreationally.
Thinking about these two favorite pastimes, I dug a bit deeper and wondered if running or any type of cardio activity for that matter holds a direct link to sexual behavior. Did you know that when women breast feed and/or have sex, it creates a powerful stimuli that is called Oxytocin. It's an addictive bonding hormone that keeps you wanting more. It is said that it reduces anxiety and escalates a romantic attachment - Be careful ladies - That one night stand just might make you swoon, and leave you wondering why you fell for the guy in the first place. A very powerful hormone indeed.
And what about running. We all know that fabulous runner's high, or endorphin rush we obtain after we hit the pavement or the trails. Endorphins - Yet again another natural chemical the body provides so that we can feel the stimulation of pleasure. Who knew our bodies could create such natural high's!
I certainly feel that running helps curb my sexual appetite just a tad. Yes I do have a higher libido than many a woman of my age, but certainly not most. Running helps me to not sleep with every suitor that calls upon my doorstep (thank goodness). When I am in a relationship however, I do find that when I am in a jam packed training schedule, instead of being tired, I am still ready to engage in bedroom behavior. And a bonus - that is more calories burned for the day!
On the opposite spectrum there are those who aren't quite the sexual deviant that I am, and have no desire for sexual interactions. Finding an activity that will provide an endorphin rush like running, or a spin class, helps the blood flow throughout the body creating a more positive desire for sex. A no brainer I know and perhaps nothing you haven't already heard before, but I truly believe that running and sex combined (not at the same time mind you..Well, maybe. If your into that) is a mutually beneficial partnership. Having a healthy sex life will improve your endurance and fitness level. Engaging in a cardio activity three to five times per week will boost that sexual desire of yours regardless of where it stands.
Curious to how running and sex play a part in your daily routine? Do you feel that you are more sexual after a hardcore run or less? Do you agree that both activities are a good fit, or do you feel one does not affect the other? I realize some of you aren't quite as open as I am, and don't want to leave a comment. I completely respect that and have provided an anonymous survey to fill out. Oh just humor me and do it! ;)Sexy Endorphin Survey