The Running Bug Wed, Aug 1 2012 Likes0 2 Comments Facebook Twitter 6 Reasons Why Running is Great for Your Sex Life Inspired by the Olympics to start running? Well, here's something you might not have expected as a result of your running regime - some seriously improved bedroom Olympics! A good run and good sex have vital things in common, the release of feel-good hormones, endorphins, a boost to your confidence and an overall feeling of wellbeing. Fiona Bugler reveals 6 reasons why running is great for your sex life! 1. A firm bum A 2009 Durex Global Sex Survey found that after the eyes and face, the part of the body that most of us find the sexiest was the bottom. And what’s great for a pert bottom? Running, especially hill work. 2. Multi-tasking Trying to fit in resistance work, mileage and a sex life? Australian sex guru/personal trainer for 15 years, Wallace Weider Rios, has the answer. Why not try sexercise a time-mangers dream way to cross train? Author of Sexy Balls Wallace shows you the ins and outs of sexercise on a Sexercise ball. He promises the workout explores, “sex in several positions, all with added intensity from a ball,” providing “extra support, rhythm and 'bounce'” and “a better workout than any other sexual position.” 3. Testosterone booster We asked you on Twitter if running boosted your sex life, @xjohnnyhx who, in his profile says: “ran coast2coast '12, 2011 1st marathon, 3 peaks in 2010, cycled end2end '09, doing my 2nd marathon in sep '12, I love the great outdoors,” replied with a definitive, “Yes, it does. Running makes me feel alive,” he tweeted, continuing, “… fresh, and with the testosterone boost, it makes me feel great.” He’s right, testosterone levels do get a boost from running – but don’t over do it! A 1996 Australian study published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine, revealed that running for less than two hours increased testosterone levels, but after two hours, circulation of testosterone was suppressed. And if you over-train, you could be in danger of causing your testosterone levels to plummet – up to 40 per cent if you’re really suffering with overtraining syndrome, according to a study at the University of North Carolina. 4. Sexy Olympians Fit, young and at the prime of their life. Olympians are bound to feel a little more sexy than most and with a full moon on August 2nd – things could get hot in the Olympic village. The officials have issued 15 condoms per athlete (a total of 150,000 over the 17 days), and recent studies have found that contrary to popular belief, a little bit of what you fancy before a big event, will not impair your performance. However, not wishing to risk their chances of Gold, Australian officials have been firm on the issue, even banning husband and wife athletes, shooting competitors Russell and Lauryn Mark from sharing a bed in the athletes' village! 5. Feeling sexy Running is one of the best exercises for weight loss and fit people have a higher body confidence than those who don’t exercise, with a 2004 study published in the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality of 400 college students revealing that 80 per cent of fit men and 60 percent of fit women felt they were above average on the sexy scale. As well as less flabby bits, fit people are more flexible, agile and have better endurance. And as sex can burn 200 calories in an hour, you’re going to need to be fit to enjoy it! 6. Keeps you going It’s a chicken and egg thing…. Fit people can keep at it for longer. A Harvard University study of 160 swimmers found that athletes in their 40s and 60s had the same amount of sex as non-athletes 20 years younger. And according to the findings of a 10-year research project carried on 1,000 middle-aged men at Queens University in Belfast, published in the British Medical Journal, sex and regular orgasms will help you live a longer life. More from The Running Bug Running Discussion Forum 3 Diet That Are Good for Runners 5 Bad Excuses That Shouldn't Stop You Running Hill Training Explained Join the conversation in our buzzing forums. Over 100,000 runners are already talking! Are you running to lose weight? Here are three of the top diets that will help you shift the pounds. Fiona Bugler’s used to hearing why her clients can’t run. And she’s also used to telling them… ‘There’s no excuse!’ Running coach Fiona Bugler explains hill training, what the benefits are and how to do it. New to the Running Bug? We're the online community for runners with over 65,000 members! Join today - it's free and easy - and you'll get access to all our running events, training schedules and advice, groups, blogs and forums. JOIN THE RUNNING BUG HERE! It's free and takes just 30 seconds.