Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Is endurance sport orgasmic?

And now for something completely different, check out the latest findings in a report posted on the US News & World Report Health page: Seems some scientists believe exercise + women might = a sport orgasm:

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/03/19/exercise-may-trigger-orgasm-in-some-women

The newest sensation in sport is referred to as a "coregasm"  based on a relationship with core abdominal muscles, said Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

"The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting," Herbenick said in a university news release. "These data are interesting because they suggest that orgasm is not necessarily a sexual event, and they may also teach us more about the bodily processes underlying women's experiences of orgasm."

Women cited in the study weren't beginners. Approximately 40 percent of the women who had experienced exercise-induced orgasms and had hit the mark on 10 occasions. Top coregasm sports were ab workouts (51%), weight lifting (27%), yoga (20%), bicycling (16%), running (13%) and walking/hiking (10%).

And to think I've been running ultras for 24 years to get the finisher's medals. I'll never view co-ed sport (or runner's high) quite the same ever again.

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