All rights reserved. The Winter Olympics may offer plenty of excitement, but there's at least one type of action that many of the athletes are strictly avoiding: sex. Athletes have long perpetuated the theory that sex before competition zaps energy. Muhammad Ali, for one, reportedly wouldn't make love for six weeks before a fight. But scientists say there is no physiological evidence to suggest that sex before competition is bad.
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For thousands of years, sexual abstinence and the resulting frustration has been thought to boost performance and aggression. Both Muhammed Ali and Mike Tyson supposedly swore off sex in the weeks leading up to fights. But even though you've probably heard that abstinence boosts performance before a competition, this idea has always had its detractors. Sex before competition or a big workout isn't just verboten — it may actually boost your performance.
Is It True Having Sex Before a Game or Workout Can Mess Up Your Performance?
In case you weren't already aware, a lot of sex goes down in the Olympic Village. This year, , condoms were handed out to all 2, participants at the PyeongChang Olympics. That's about 37 condoms per person, making it the biggest number of condoms distributed in the entire history of the Winter Olympics. But how does sex actually affect athletic performance? While some may argue that sex before an event will hinder an athlete's abilities to compete, research shows, that's not quite true.
Many athletes insist that having sex before an athletic event has a negative impact on their performance. Boxer Muhammad Ali, for instance, was notably famous for abstaining from sex for several weeks before a match. The rationale behind this is simple: sex oftentimes makes people feel physically and emotionally satisfied, an effect that might take away the motivation and drive necessary to perform well in athletic competitions. Happy people do not run a mile.