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5 Ways Having Sex Can Improve Your Workout

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. (Up Next: The Better Sex Workout)

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Consider It Your Warm-Up

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Sex revs your heart rate, increasing blood flow to your muscles and joints, which primes them for movement, says Yvonne Fulbright, Ph.D., 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. (Psst... Want hotter sex and a higher libido? The answer is in the type of workout you're doing.)

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You May Work Out for Longer

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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 miles on the treadmill. (Here's How to Orgasm Every Time, According to Science so you can get that boost.)

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The Afterburn Is Powerful

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Your body produces mood-lifting endorphins during sex, and that happiness can also make you more confident, says Fulbright. 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.

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There's the Refueling Factor

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During sex your body releases oxytocin, a hormone linked to better sleep, says Mark Anshel, Ph.D., 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. (Learn more about the sleep-exercise connection.)

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