Runners Make Better Partners!
Jonny Cooper from The Telegraph, UK, looks at the unlikely positives of going for regular jogs, including a boost in your fertility.
Research suggests that men who regularly run long distances should win in the evolutionary battle to reproduce.
Scientists from Cambridge University studied 542 runners at the Robin Hood marathon in Nottingham and found that those who finished faster were more likely to have stronger sex drives and higher sperm counts.
They posit that the good runners are likely to have good stamina in their blood, thanks to ancestors who were excellent persistence hunters. Men who could catch dinner would also have the pick of the females, meaning that they passed down stronger genes to their progeny.
“The observation that endurance running ability is connected to reproductive potential in men suggests that women in our hunter-gatherer past were able to observe running as a signal for a good breeding partner,” said the study’s lead author, Dr Danny Longman.
“It was thought that a better hunter would have got more meat, and had a healthier – and larger – family as a consequence of providing more meat for his family.”
Source: The Telegraph, UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/11524491/The-surprising-health-benefits-of-going-for-a-run.html