How Exercise Can Put The X Back In Your Sex Life
If your sex life has been a bit lackluster, you may want to hit the gym. Losing weight and getting in shape not only makes you feel better, but it makes you feel better about yourself as well, boosting your self-confidence and your libido. Recent research also shows that regular exercise can improve blood circulation, raise testosterone levels in men, and have a number of positive effects on the frequency and quality of your sexual activity.
Improved Blood Flow
Exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system, improving blood flow all over your body, including parts that need a lot of blood for sexual activity. The benefits aren’t just for men, either. A study done by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that women who watched an erotic video after a 20 minute session on an exercise bike were significantly more aroused – by 169% – than those who watched the same video without the exercise. Arousal was measured by an increase of blood flow to the vagina.
Pump up the Testosterone
Studies show that men’s testosterone levels are at their highest levels for up to 48 hours after a weight lifting session. Since men’s testosterone levels tend to decrease with age, this is a significant benefit.
Staying in shape also keeps male testosterone levels from waning as quickly over time. Scientists at the New England Research Institute found that men with greater waist circumferences tended to have lower testosterone levels, and that waist size was a greater predictor of testosterone levels than overall weight.
Boost Your Staying Power
Let’s face it, sex can be a very strenuous activity, and the better shape you’re in, the longer you will be able to enjoy it. Your heart, lungs, leg and back muscles are all working hard, and if you want to be able to go the distance, you need to ensure they’re all in tiptop shape.
Exercise Trumps Viagra
For those taking Viagra, try boosting your exercise routine to save yourself some money and possibly dangerous side effects. Research has shown that men who get regular exercise are able to perform more often and more reliably. In a study of 31,000 male subjects, Harvard School of Public Health researchers concluded that men who underwent 20 to 30 minutes of rigorous exercise daily were 30% less likely to complain of erectile dysfunction.
Remain Rigidly Flexible
The hottest sex quite often involves a number of unusual postures and positions, and nothing puts a damper on the occasion more than a pulled muscle or other injury. Exercises like Yoga and Pilates can lengthen and strengthen muscles, while improving flexibility and range of motion.
It’s All in the Concentration
Women are much more prone to distraction during sex, largely because as the caretakers of the family they are much more likely to be worrying about family matters and schedules than men. Since women also require more emotional involvement in order to obtain sexual satisfaction, this can cause a significant problem.
Exercise programs such as yoga help women to focus their minds and concentrate more on their bodies, and can greatly enhance their sexual gratification due to their enhanced ability to concentrate.
Look Good to Feel Good
It should come as no surprise that by losing weight and tightening and toning muscles we feel much better about our bodies, which leads to much more enjoyment of sexual interaction. Physical fitness leads to feelings of physical attractiveness, which in turn increases self-confidence and sexual awareness and enjoyment.
All in all, improving your overall health and fitness levels may lead to surprising benefits you didn’t expect!
Dan Clay is a fitness boot camp specialist and owner of Dangerously Fit.