How Bodybuilding Affects Your Libido

Whether you are really into bodybuilding or just someone out there who is looking to get in shape and build muscle, there is no question that working out will influence your sex drive.
Just what is the connection between the two? Will high intensity workouts harm or help your sex drive?

Here is what you need to know.

Increased Testosterone

Whenever you are involved in heavy lifting, it’s going to increase your testosterone levels and help you make more progress in the gym. Testosterone is a natural hormone that helps to build muscle, but it also acts as the sex hormone as well.

Men who are showing higher levels of testosterone in their system will also see a correspondingly higher libido. Therefore, getting to the gym on a regular basis will most definitely improve your sex life.

Overtraining

Now, something else that you must really think about is how overtraining affects the situation. While working out is good, too much is not so good.

When you are placing more stress on your body than it can handle, much of its reserves are then going to go towards handling this stress, which then causes a drop in libido levels. When the body has a lot of other stuff going on, sex is the last thing it’s focusing on. You’ve likely also noticed this before when you are highly stressed. You might have found that your libido also took a drop at the same time.

Low Carb Eating Approaches

Finally, the last factor to take into account when considering how your weight lifting will impact your sex drive is what type of nutritional program you’re on. Some people choose to use a lower carb approach to gaining muscle, but you must be really careful with this as low carb itself can very often mean reduced libido as well.

Keeping the carbohydrates at a more moderate level in your diet will help you to maximize the effects you see on your libido and ensure that your sex life does not start suffering.

Further, those on low calorie diets will also notice a drop in libido levels, but since you shouldn’t be on low calories when trying to build muscle anyway (as a calorie surplus is absolutely essential), this should not apply to you.

So, keep these three points in mind. As long as you are on a good weight lifting program that factors in enough time for rest and are eating a good, mixed diet, you really should not notice any major issues with your libido levels and very possibly will actually see an increase occur.