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Is it okay to have sex the night before a big race?

Is it okay to have sex the night before a big race?

“As runners, we are a superstitious group. We don’t want to do anything different—even if it’s something we love,” says Julie M. Levitt, M.D., a 14-time marathoner and board-certified ob-gyn with the Women's Group of Northwestern in Chicago. “But physiologically there is no reason why you can’t or shouldn’t have sex the night before a race.” One cut-to-the-chase editorial in the Clinic Journal of Sports Medicine titled, “Does Sex the Night Before Competition Decrease Performance ?” reviewed three studies on prerace sex and found no reason it would cause a decline in performance. Granted, it’s a “wham, bam, thank you, ma'm” sort of thing. The editorial notes the average married couple only burns 25 to 50 calories each during sex—the equivalent of walking up two flights of stairs. That’s not going to put a big dent in your precious glycogen reserves. However, if you go for a...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/run-matters/is-it-okay-to-hav...

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