Women rank rock climbing as the sexiest sport

A study by a University of Hertfordshire professor suggests that women are especially attracted to men who rock climb.

WORKING WITH FITNESS expert Sam Murphy, Prof. Richard Wiseman polled over 6,000 people to find out which of 15 sports they thought would make a member of the opposite sex more attractive. Climbing topped the list for women with 57%, edging out extreme sports, soccer, and hiking.

I can?t say I?m surprised. Climbing is just a sexy sport in and of itself. It?s adventurous, acrobatic, and takes place in some of the most beautiful spots in nature. Climbers themselves tend to be trim, muscular, extremely flexible people with a penchant for taking their shirts off. Who wouldn?t want that?

Men, apparently. Among the survey?s male participants, climbing didn?t even make it to the top five. Men overwhelmingly picked aerobics (70%) as the sexiest activity, followed by yoga/pilates, going to the gym, and running.

On his site, Wiseman offer a possible explanation for the gender gap:

Women?s choices appear to reflect the type of psychological qualities that they find attractive ? such as bravery and a willingness to take on challenges ? whilst men are more shallow, looking for a woman who is physically fit but not challenging their ego by being overly strong.