Go on, admit it, you want to know, “Why Does Working Out Make You Feel Hornier?”
I know I’m definitely not the only one, but it’s not something that we generally discuss in public.
You finish your workout and you find yourself feeling incredibly horny.
However, you’re not sure whether this is the norm or if you’re some type of sexual deviant.
As it turns out this is a fairly common occurrence.
Allow me to explain what’s going on here.
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Why Does Working Out Make You Feel Hornier?
There are various reasons why working out makes you feel hornier. Firstly, your adrenaline and dopamine levels will typically peak straight after a workout. Plus, you may also see increased testosterone levels, depending on the type of workout. These factors will increase blood flow throughout the body, including to the vital sex organs. While all of this going on internally you’re likely to be surrounded by fit, healthy, and attractive people, which will increase your sex drive. Additionally, working out makes you look and feel more attractive.
1. Increased Adrenaline and Dopamine
Once you’ve finished your workout various hormones in the body are literally going off the chart.
Two such hormones include adrenaline and dopamine.
You’ve probably heard of an adrenaline rush and experienced it many times yourself.
The main purpose of adrenaline is to supply the muscles and brain with more blood and oxygen.
Basically, your body’s metabolism changes to maximise your blood glucose levels.
However, this usually entails your heart racing and a surge in energy levels.
Dopamine is known as the “feel good” chemical, and that in itself tells you everything you need to know.
In fact, dopamine is responsible for pleasure and reward-seeking behaviour in the brain.
You’ll usually feel more alert, focused, motivated, and happy.
Dopamine is responsible for that feeling of euphoria, so in effect you are in your happiest state.
So, with all these “chemical reactions” going on in the body, there’s a good chance you’re going to feel horny after your workout.
2. Increased Levels of Testosterone
You’ll typically experience an increase in your levels of testosterone within an hour of working out.
However, performing a heavy and intense lower-body session or HIIT will provide an even greater boost in testosterone.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking.
After a heavy and super-intense leg session you generally feel shattered and are barely able to walk.
So, there’s no way sex is going to be on the menu.
But, in truth, this is how many of us have conditioned ourselves to think.
A quick hit of carbs and protein and you’ll notice you’re sex drive has gone through the roof.
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This natural hit of testosterone will automatically increase your sex drive and desire.
Plus, this isn’t just a man thing by the way.
There are various studies that have proven that women with higher levels of testosterone also have a higher sex drive.
So, next time you hit a massive leg session or an extremely intense conditioning circuit, and you simply can’t control your sexual urges, now you know why.
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3. Your Blood Circulation Increases
I have alluded to this above when talking about adrenaline.
But, with all of these hormonal reactions going on in the body you will have increased levels of blood circulation.
We typically view increased blood circulation as being good for our health and wellbeing.
Now, while this is certainly true, there are other “benefits”.
After your workout blood will be flowing to literally every part of the body.
And yes, this includes your vital sexual organs.
For a man, this will generally mean a better erection, whereas for a woman, this will definitely increase that feeling of horniness.
With that being said, you should also be wary that increased blood flow may make you reach orgasm quicker.
In reality, this massive surge in adrenaline, dopamine, testosterone, and blood flow is pretty much how we feel when we’re about to have sex when we possibly shouldn’t be.
I’m talking about that secret rendezvous in the broom cupboard at work when you may get caught at any moment.
However, your increased blood circulation and this rush of hormones typically peaks 15-60 minutes after your workout.
So, if you’re going to act on your urges it’s best not to waste too much time.
4. You Are Surrounded By Fit Healthy Bodies
So, as you can tell, there’s a lot going on inside your body.
In truth, these reactions start during your workout, essentially once you’re about 15 minutes in.
And then your hormone and blood circulation surges increase throughout your workout, and remain high for a good hour or so afterwards.
Now, one of the most obvious reasons you’re feeling horny is simply because you’re surrounded by fit and healthy bodies.
In effect, it’s the same as being absolutely ravenous and finding yourself in a cake shop.
Everywhere you look you see a tasty treat.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t make you some type of sexual deviant, and it’s a perfectly normal human reaction.
And it doesn’t matter whether you’re in a monogamous relationship, we all experience this flood of horniness.
Plus, for once, you can actually blame it on your “hormones”.
Go on, admit it, you’ve taken a sneaky little peak at the girl doing sumo deadlifts, or the guy on his 5th pull up rep
Don’t fight it.
You’re hot, you’re sweaty, your hormones are racing, there’s blood speeding it’s way to certain areas of your body, and you’re surrounded by fit, toned, sexy physiques.
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5. You Feel More Attractive
Believe it or not, confidence is a huge factor in feeling horny.
This doesn’t mean that extremely confident people are always on the look out for sex by the way.
By this I mean, the more confident you feel about yourself, the more likely you’ll get certain urges.
Let’s face facts, the vast majority of us work out to look better and more attractive.
And more often than not you even feel more attractive straight after your workout.
Your pecs are pumped, your guns have swelled to the size of cannonballs, and your quads are on fire.
Damn, you feel good, you look good, and you know it.
The simple fact that you feel more attractive makes you believe there are more options available to you.
Basically, your mind is awash with sexual desire, and you feel as though you have the physique to back this up.
Okay, I know that on occasion the reality is that you’re a hot, sweaty mess, and you’ve never felt uglier.
But, we all hit that perfect workout every once in a while and it makes us feel good, and we even notice that we look good.
So, as you can see it’s actually quite normal to feel hornier after working out.
You feel a rush of hormones such as adrenaline, dopamine, and testosterone.
There’s blood rushing to all corners of your body, including your sexual organs.
You’re surrounded by beautiful physiques and you feel as though you look pretty good yourself.
With that being said, all of these feelings, hormones, and whatever else is coursing through your veins typically only last for up to an hour.
So, if you’re going to take advantage of your highly-charged sexual state, don’t waste too much time.
Hi, I’m Partha, owner and founder of My Bodyweight Exercises. I am a Level 3 Personal Trainer and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the Register of Exercise Professionals, United Kingdom. I have been a regular gym-goer since 2000 and coaching clients since 2012. My aim is to help you achieve your body composition goals.