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5 reasons WHY exercise is also good for your sexual health

Exercise enhances your romantic life too!

Key Highlights

  • The benefits of exercise cannot be compartmentalized.
  • It's psychologically empowering and also enhances one's sexual life.
  • When one works on physical fitness, the gains arrive from all quarters.

Exercising has many benefits. What you may not realize is that being fit is also crucial for your sexual health. The better muscle tone, the detoxed lymphatic system, the enhanced blood flow … all of that is a plus for both genders: stronger erections for men, and greater arousal for women according to a University of Texas study.

According to Melanie Radzicki McManus is a freelance writer who specializes in hiking, travel and fitness and has written for the online edition, exercising definitely pays off by enhancing one's sexual life. She cites data garnered from the National Institutes of Health that says that forty-three per cent of women and 31 per cent of men have some form of sexual dysfunction, with obesity and a lack of exercise often being factors.

A study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine says:

  1. 1 in 2 men with either a high waist circumference or elevated BMI likelier to have erectile dysfunction, A study published in The Journal OBESITY says:
  2. 1 in 2 women reported problems with sexual activity, desire and performance,

In contrast, women who exercised up to 6 hours a week: 

  1. Lower sexual distress and resistance in their clitoral arteries
  2. Showed significantly higher levels of desire, arousal, lubrication and orgasm.
    (Source: 2021 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine)

Dr Karyn Eilber, a urologist at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a sexual wellness expert tells CNN: “This is truly a medical issue we should be dealing with as part of someone's overall health and well-being. But there's still a stigma around the topic.”

The reason humans have sex is NOT just to procreate. Quality sexual activity has a major impact on your mental and emotional health, your quality of life and the strength of your intimate relationships, says the CNN report. Hugging, holding hands, intimacy, kissing, are all critical for multiple aspects of well-being, such as feeling understood, cared for and accepted.

Benefits that regular exercise gives us: 

  1. Better blood circulation: When you exercise, the entire body gets fresh blood supply, the cardiovascular system gets a jog. The strong, smooth blood flow is key for arousal. In men, it aids in erections, and in women, it's instrumental in vaginal lubrication and clitoral sensation.
  2. Increase in stamina: Regular stretches, lifts, twists, lunges, any exercise helps you develop more endurance. Sexual activity is nothing short of an exercise. The Mayo Clinic compares a bout of sexual intercourse to climbing two or three flights of stairs. And a study by the National Institutes of Health says a half-hour of sexual activity can burn 125 calories for men and nearly 100 for women, similar to walking at a 3 mile-per-hour pace.
  3. That build-up and an aura of confidence: Men and women alike, feel more confident about their body and skills when exercise has helped them more agile, more relaxed, and healthier. Men and women alike prefer confident partners.
  4. Enhances sexual experience as stress is absent: Those who exercise feel a lot more relaxed. The endorphins that exercising releases, releases all stress. That is a big plus because otherwise, being stressed, anxious or depressed can dampen your libido.
  5. Your health stays at 10: Whatever your purpose behind exercising, it does leave you with better health and energy levels. Lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which sometimes require medications that inhibit arousal — are out of your way. These two medical conditions also can damage the tiny arteries in the penis, resulting in erectile dysfunction.

Check with your physician before starting any new exercise regimen. Brisk walks or even awe walks — especially with your partner can leave you happier, fitter, and even enhance the bonding between you two.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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