Sex, Love, and Bicycles: Happy Valentine’s Day [Bicycling]

I love you more than my bicycle
We love this card from Etsy member ladypilotletterpress almost as much as our bicycles.
By Emily Furia
In our 2012 Readers’ Choice Survey, 51 percent of you reported that if forced to give up either sex or cycling for a month, you’d rather ride your bike. “Man, their sex lives must be bad,” responded tech blog Gizmodo. But the truth is, putting in more time in the saddle can help you in the sack. Here are just a few of the benefits—excerpted from the Big Book of Bicycling.
1. A Leaner Body According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overweight people are at increased risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more—any of which can ruin your sex life faster than seeing your grandparents in the altogether. Another tidbit to spur along male slackers: Abdominal fat can add up around the base of the penis, making it appear smaller. You can “lose” an inch of penis for every extra 35 pounds you carry.
2. Stress Relief It’s difficult to remain amorous when job and family pressures hang over the bed like a black cloud. But throw a leg over the saddle and you throw stress out the window. “Aerobic exercise, such as cycling, is considered one of the healthiest ways to relieve stress,” says Scott Saifer, exercise physiologist and CEO of Wenzel Coaching.
3. Improved Stamina A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that men over 50 who kept physically active were 30 percent less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than men who were inactive. In fact, according to the researchers, the most physically active men seemed to have the sexual ability of men two to five years younger.