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Does Running Make You Better At Sex? One Survey Says Yes

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Yesterday was National Running Day, which means I’d like to brag for a second about the benefits of running. Research shows that runners live longer, have stronger bones and a stronger core, and even sleep better at night.

Now, a new survey by Brooks Running Company is saying something even better than perpetual youth! According to a 2015 survey by the running company, 41 percent of U.S. respondents experience post-run euphoria that gives them a boost in bed.

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So if you’ve been eyeing that cute guy on the treadmill at the gym, maybe this is the incentive you need to make your move!

The survey for the third annual Brooks Run Happy Nation Report was conducted online by Wakefield Research and surveyed 1,000 adult runners — good news for recreational runners: in Brooks’ case, an “adult runner” is anyone over 18 who runs twice a week — in the U.S., Canada and Germany. While this isn’t the largest sample size (since 2004, total running and jogging participating has increased 70 percent, to a record of nearly 42,000,000, according to the National Sporting Goods Association quoted in a 2014 study by Running USA), this isn’t the first time runners have been linked to being pros  in the bedroom.

Studies say  regular exercise can increase flexibility between the sheets, and a study published in the scientific journal Plos One just last month found that speedy endurance runners may enjoy better sex lives and higher sex drives. I mean, it makes sense — they are endurance runners, after all.

You don’t need to run marathons to beat the benefits runner can have on great sex, though. Brook’s 2013 report found that 66 percent of runners believe they have more sex when they run with their couples, so grab your significant other before heading out on the road. Getting sweaty together releases endorphins and adrenaline, which are pretty much the same brain chemicals you feel when falling in love and feeling frisky. Getting a rush of these particular brain chemicals, along with getting sweaty alongside your partner, will help you associate these feelings with your significant other, making you want them even more, according to Women’s Health.

Pretty much any physical activity with your bae can trigger good vibes and a feeling of intimacy…so you might want to buy your partner a pair of sneakers for their next birthday. It’s in your relationship’s best interest!

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