All experts say that we need to exercise at least 10-20 minutes a day at least 3 times a week. A regime of exercise and proper diet can help reduce the risks of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and more. However, a new study has suggested that too much exercise can be harmful to one’s libido or sexual desire.

Could your CrossFit workout take a toll on your sex life?

A study from the University of North Carolina published this month in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found that men who exercise intensely may have a lower libido than men who exercise moderately or lightly.

Researchers polled more than 1,000 active men on both their workouts and sex lives. Participants were split into groups by duration of exercise, intensity of exercise and libido levels. When the groups were compared, researchers found that those who reported light or moderate workouts were more likely to report moderate or high libidos than those who reported intense workouts.

Authors caution that the study was self-reported — which means the data relies on participants to be truthful and self-aware — and doesn’t show that exercise causes a low libido, but rather that the two are correlated.

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