New York, Jan 14 (IANS) Are you the one who joined the neighbourhood gym in the hope of a “hook up” and some real action between the sheets? You are not alone. According to a new survey, most of the people who hit the gym have sex on their minds.
The findings revealed that while half of the participants used the gym as a hook-up venue, a quarter of them admitted to having sex at the health facility, fusion.net reported, quoting the online poll from high street sex shop Ann Summers involving 2,000 adults.
The findings showed that about 25 percent of participants admitted to having had sex at their gyms at some point during their membership.
According to an Independent report, nearly 70 percent of women admitted to fantasising about their personal trainer during sex.
Even those who were not that lucky to find someone for “hook up” were at least hoping that something might happen.
“Sixty six percent of people cited the very possibility of sex at the gym and one in 10 people brought condoms in their gym bags just in case,” the report added.
The atmosphere at the gym also inspired some people to use online dating, with 82 percent saying they had used such apps at the gym.
There is some science to it, too. According to previous studies, exercise spikes levels of serotonin and dopamine chemicals.
Serotonin and dopamine are chemicals produced in the brain — neurotransmitters — that improve mood and boost the libido.
Serotonin, which is produced by long-term cardio exercise, improves agreeable social behaviour while dopamine improves your mood and long-term memory.
Cardio exercise produces increased serotonin levels when done to the point of physical and possibly mental fatigue, explained researcher JM Davis in an article that appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.