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The start of a new year means only one thing, half the population of the UK will have signed up to their local gym to work off the sins of December.
As any avid gym goer will know, when you take up a regular workout regime you’ll find yourself inundated with horror stories about the negative effects exercising can have on you. For example, do you really know how much bacteria is on gym equipment? Or that you could suffer from traction alopecia depending on how you style your hair during your workout?
Seriously, the rumours are endless. Which is why we decided to debunk them once and for all with a little help from Emma Frain, a personal trainer and the head of fitness at Protein World. Let’s begin, shall we.
Does exercise improve your sex life?
We’ve heard that having sex is actually better than going to the gym, but can working out more really improve your sex life in the long run?
‘There are two ways of looking at this,’ explains Emma. On the one hand there’s the mental boost we get from working out, ‘as exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happier so you’ll be more inclined to have sex.’
Then there’s the physical side, as well. ‘Working out makes you fitter, which results in an increase of confidence in a bedroom setting,’ says Emma. Of course, ‘being physically fitter results in an increase in stamina,’ as well. And that’s never a bad thing.
Can exercise make you look younger?
This is a tricky one. ‘A one-off HIIT session isn’t going to make you look younger, it’s going to make you glow from sweat but that’s the extent of the anti-ageing process,’ Emma explains.
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