Bicycling has gotten a bad rap over the years for cramping sex lives by numbing the equipment. While education and saddle innovations have quieted those concerns, new evidence shows that cycling on a regular basis can actually make your sex life better. Here are a few bonus benefits to keep in mind the next time you need motivation to ride. (Want more incentive? Join our 21-Day #RideStreak Challenge for daily tips and tricks to jumpstart a daily riding routine.)
You’re Sexy and You Know It
Riding a bike makes you fit, and being fit makes you feel more confident in the buff. In a study of more than 400 men and women, researchers at the University of Arkansas found that those who were physically fit rated their own sexual desirability much higher than did their unfit peers. Even just a couple rides a week can boost your body image. Among those who exercised two to three days per week, over 80 percent of males and nearly 60 percent of females rated themselves as above or much above average in sexual desirability. In terms of actual performance, among those who exercised four to five days per week, 88 percent of females and 69 percent of males reported themselves as being above or much above average.