Sporty singles: New Zealand sport fans have bigger libidos
The facts about sporty singles:
- On average, singles who like sport have far higher libidos than singles who don’t
- These raised libidos exist whether playing sports – or just watching them!
- Sporty singles also feel sexier: but are pickier when selecting a partner
- The sexiest sport of all - according to Kiwis - is either rugby sevens or hockey
- New Zealand’s sexiest athletes of 2016 are Kerri Gowler and Blair Tuke
Getting in the mood: sporty singles have big libidos
Can sport be an aphrodisiac? Or is it simply that those with larger libidos also like sport? Either way, one thing is for certain: New Zealanders who love sport have a much higher sexual appetite than those who don’t!
Indeed, according to the study, a massive 79% of singles who love doing sport also claim to have ‘a strong desire for sex' whereas just 53% of singles who don't who don’t exercise can say the same. But, what's really interesting is that you don’t necessarily have to be doing the sport yourself to enjoy a high libido.
In fact, the numbers are somewhat similar: 78% of those who love watching sports events on TV also claim a strong desire for sex, compared with just 66% of those who actively don’t like to watch. In other words, whether you participate - or just like to watch - being a sporty single can go hand in hand with a strident sex drive.
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Like sport? Chances are, you're sexy! (and a little picky)
Along with their strident libidos, sport lovers can boast high levels of self-assurance: 68% of those who exercise describe themselves as ‘sexy.’ Meanwhile, just 37% of those who don’t exercise would refer to themselves in the same way.
Once again, this is an area where the sport watchers are keeping pace with the sport doers: 63% of those who love televised sport see themselves as sexy, while just 57% of those who don’t watch would be comfortable using the same term. Evidently, loving sport, whether as participant or fan, is the best way to ensure a fun summer between the sheets...
Of course, there is a catch: this increased self-assurance goes hand-in-hand with increased pickiness about a partner’s looks. Indeed, the more people love sport, the more physical attraction is an important factor in their search for a spouse: 70% of sporty singles and 66% of TV watchers cite physical attractiveness as an important quality in a partner, compared with just 41% of non-exercisers and 60% of TV haters.
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