Why men become more affectionate after intensive physical activity?

US scientists have proved: the more intense the man worked during the day, the farther he was away from home, the more oxytocin – the hormone of love, care and assistance – his body produces. And the more love and attention he shows to his family when returning home.

Release of this energy may occur not only if you had to work hard during the day, but also, for example, if you were hiking for many hours or took part in a hard football match. A similar effect was observed in male athletes – for example, skiers and distance runners. In sports circles there is even a joke describing such effect: if a sportsman ran a marathon of 40 kilometers, and then he has a night with a woman, in the morning it seems that she has run such a distance, not her partner… But on the eve of the competition sex is usually forbidden for the athletes – in order to avoid a decline of strength.

oxytocinIt is necessary for men to recover their muscles after intensive training. That’s why a man’s body begins to produce additional amounts of anabolic hormones spectrum: among them there is one of the most powerful anabolic hormones – testosterone – and the hormone of joy – oxytocin - and increases their concentration in blood and cells. The interaction of these hormones has “a side effect” – increased sexual appetite, the instinct of survival of species. Under the influence of this “hormone cocktail” men are becoming more responsive to women’s requests and caresses.

A dozen years ago oxytocin was considered to be an exclusively female hormone, responsible for the relationship between mother and child. It was known that it stimulates birth and breastfeeding, and is a substance that generates the mother’s attitude to her child. The research that was carried out showed that when the level of this hormone increases, parents separated from their children appeared to show signs of depression, stress and anxiety. Further studies showed that oxytocin is associated with emissions of a sense of love, acts of kindness and trust. Further still – it governs almost all of our positive emotions and contacts with others. The American scientist Paul Zack, director of the Center of Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University, called oxytocin a “molecule of high morals.” In his opinion, our civilization depends on this hormone, as it helps to build a stable society, to manage the economy and to show compassion to those who need it. That is to be a human indeed.