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How can being in love improve my athletic performance?

Love is the drug for better athletic performance. According to a study from California State University in San Bernardino, male and female athletes who were in a love relationship reported better performance in competitive events. One reason, say researchers, is that love and competition affect the same brain region, according to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Interestingly, boxers and snowboarders were the most enthusiastic proponents of the love-performance connection.

The study looked at love -- not hooking up -- meaning that commitment to your partner is a key factor in the benefit. On the other hand, the study also found that athletes with high-maintenance and/or jealous partners had poorer performances because of their relationships.

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