“This is truly a medical issue we should be dealing with as part of someone's overall health and well-being,” said Dr. Karyn Eilber, a urologist at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a sexual wellness expert. “But there's still a stigma around the topic.”
Here's what else happens to your body and mind when you exercise regularly.
Important note: Before beginning any new exercise program, consult your doctor. Stop immediately if you experience pain.
Your circulation gets a boost
All aerobic exercise increases your circulation, or blood flow, and helps ensure a healthy circulatory system. And a 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.
Your endurance increases
You become more confidant
Your stress levels decrease
Luckily, exercise is great at combating stress, anxiety and depression, which can translate into a revived sex drive. Antidepressants are also notorious for negatively affecting your libido, Eilber said, so if exercising can help you lower your dosage or scrap them altogether, all the better.
Your overall health improves
How much exercise is necessary to improve your sexual health? It all depends on the person, so it's best to check with your physician. Experts say even short periods of exercise, such as regular brisk walks, can improve your sexual well-being. You do have to be careful not to overdo it, though.
If you still aren't convinced it's time to grab your sneakers and start moving, consider this warning from Eilber. “There is something to that phrase, ‘Use it or lose it,'” she said. “Your pelvic organs are like any other body part. If you don't use them, you'll lose function.”
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