Good sex, great work­out

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Pound­ing heart, hot skin, men­tal thrill... The two ac­tiv­i­ties have more in com­mon than you might think. And ac­cord­ing to new re­search, they can ben­e­fit each other in sur­pris­ing ways. Here’s how sat­is­fy­ing sex helps you get stronger, fit­ter and hap­pier.

CON­SIDER IT AN EX­CEL­LENT WARM-UP Sex revs up your heart rate, in­creas­ing blood flow to your mus­cles and joints, which primes them for move­ment, says Yvonne Ful­bright, the au­thor of The Bet­ter Sex Guide to Ex­tra­or­di­nary Love­mak­ing. This greater flex­i­bil­ity gives you a full range of mo­tion when you ex­er­cise, so your form will be stronger and you’ll get bet­ter re­sults from your reps.

YOU MAY WORK OUT FOR LONGER Hav­ing an or­gasm turns on the area of the brain that dulls pain for up to 24 hours, found re­search from Rut­gers Univer­sity. In­creased pain tol­er­ance may help you pick up heav­ier dumb­bells than usual or log an ex­tra cou­ple of kilo­me­tres on the tread­mill.

THE AFTERBURN IS POW­ER­FUL Your body pro­duces mood-lift­ing en­dor­phins dur­ing sex, and that hap­pi­ness can also make you more con­fi­dent, Yvonne says. The more you be­lieve in your­self and your abil­i­ties, the eas­ier it is for you to tackle a tough rou­tine like Crossfit or a HIIT ses­sion.

THERE’S THE REFUELLING FAC­TOR Dur­ing sex, your body re­leases oxy­tocin, a hor­mone linked to bet­ter sleep, says Mark An­shel, a pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus in the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Per­for­mance at Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Univer­sity. Get­ting qual­ity shut-eye means you’ll re­cover quicker from your last work­out and have more energy for your next one.

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