35% women feel more sexually attracted to their partner after exercising together-PureGym
Studies show women are more sexually aroused 15-30 minutes after exercise, as more than a third of men and women feel more sexually attracted to their partner after a workout
- Studies point to significant increase in physiological sexual arousal following exercise
- Arousal indicators peak 15 minutes after exercise, and remain high for over 30 minutes
- Working out as a couple also seen to have positive impact on relationships and sex life
- Almost 70% of couples believe working out together has made their relationship stronger
That’s because studies have shown that levels of physiological sexual arousal in women are significantly increased 15 minutes after a workout, and remain raised for at least 30 minutes after a period of exercise. An indicator of sexual arousal, known as VPA, was seen to be significantly increased at 15 minutes, marginally increased at 30 minutes, but lower at 5-minutes postexercise, as blood ﬂow shifts to temporarily help restore the working muscles. The findings supported the notion that exercise increases sexual arousal via physiological mechanisms, as opposed to psychological changes such as any alterations in mood or self-confidence that may have been a consequence of exercise2.
However, a recent survey of almost 600 active women in relationships looked at both the psychological and physiological benefits of exercise, specifically when with their partner. The research, carried out by the gym operator PureGym, showed that over a third of women (35%) feel more sexually attracted to their partner after exercising together, highlighting the impact of exercise on some cognitive sexual triggers. The data also found that over a third of those surveyed (36%) felt more confident about their appearance when working out with a partner. Overall, women felt that exercising with their partner was key to improving the strength of their relationship, just as much as their fitness levels. Almost two thirds (64%) of women whom felt that working out together made their relationship stronger, and almost more than half (51%) said it had made it last longer. Maybe sweaty gym shorts are the key to a healthy relationship after all.
 Lisa Dawn Hamilton, BA, Emily A. Fogle, BS, and Cindy M. Meston, PhD (2008) The Roles of Testosterone and Alpha-Amylase in Exercise-Induced Sexual Arousal in Women
 Cindy M. Meston and Amelia M. Stanton (2016) The Effects of Acute Exercise on Physiological