Endorphins, i.e. happiness neurohormones, are released both during physical activity and in moments spent with someone whom we see as attractive. By releasing dopamine in the reward system, they reduce stress levels and keep us in a positive mood. Training with our love interest can therefore intensify the state of euphoria and make us feel better than practising sport alone.
– When we undertake joint physical activity, especially when we do exercises synchronically, mirror neuron systems are activated in our brain. There are groups of nerve cells that allow us to understand another person's movements, emotions and feelings. This synchronisation can intensify pleasure, which compensates for the considerable effort for our brain related to interpersonal contacts. It is worth noting that, according to the MultiSport Index 2019 survey, half of physically active Poles choose to train with others– adds Dr Paweł Boguszewski, neuroscientist.
Nine out of ten (91%) Poles also agree that physical activity improves their mood and perception of their own attractiveness. According to experts, this result is reflected in numerous studies conducted in the field of social psychology.
– Physical activity is a very interesting parameter of attractiveness, which we intuitively combine not only with the desired physical features such as a slim, athletic figure, but also with positive character traits. When we see a person doing sports, we assume that this person is confident, systematic, sociable, open to challenges and more sexually fit. All these features are a manifestation of attractiveness and naturally arouse our interest. It is this interest that becomes the stimulus that prompts us to take the next step and meet another person– sums up Dr Robert Kowalczyk, sexologist.
The Valentine's edition of the MultiSport Index survey was conducted by Kantar commissioned by Benefit Systems on January 13-14, 2020 on a representative random sample of 1000 Poles aged 18-59. The survey was conducted using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). Interviews were carried out using the Kartezjusz platform.