Many people think that masturbation decreases muscle growth, but does it really? Some even go as far as to forbid themselves from masturbating before a workout. They argue that sex and masturbation can decrease testosterone levels, which leads to decreased muscle growth. However, this is false.
Testosterone is well known for helping build muscles, and it does so by helping your body synthesize protein. In fact, some studies show that having sex or masturbating before a workout can actually increase muscle growth due to the hormone spike that occurs during orgasm.
However, there is a major problem with this logic: Testosterone levels decline back to normal shortly after orgasm, and this isn’t enough to negatively impact your gym performance. Plus, most orgasms last for a maximum of about 10 minutes, so they wouldn’t cause you to burn as many calories as a hard workout would.
Masturbation is a natural, safe and healthy activity. It helps to relieve stress, improve sleep quality and boost pleasure. It is also a great way to learn about your own body, what feels good and what doesn’t. If done properly, it can also help to reduce pain and stiffness, and improve focus and concentration.
Indulging in masturbation can also help to prevent or reduce the effects of stress, which in turn can have a positive effect on your ability to perform at the gym and make progress in your muscle building journey. However, it is important to remember that masturbation is only healthy when done in moderation and not a habit.