When you exercise, you are making different movements, make your muscles work and dictate your body to burn calories. Types of exercise vary from swimming, running, dancing, and the like. A regular workout has several benefits to our body, as well as our brain–may it be short-term or long-term. The short-term benefits of regular exercise includes control of appetite, improvement on sleep, and boost in mood, while the long-term benefits includes reduced risk of heart diseases, osteoporosis, diabetes, and dementia to name a few. Several studies also proved that exercise can boost sex life.
Exercising regularly seems to be a natural viagra for men since it reduces the risk or erectile dysfunction problems by only losing 200 additional calories a day. From one study conducted, middle-aged men whose lifestyle is sedentary were asked to participate in strenuous activities for nine months. The results showed that these men were highly satisfied during sexual intercourse, have improved their sexual function, and were more active in sexual activities. In addition to regular exercise, it can also increase the number of sperm present in the semen. As for women, those who are active have greater libido, arousal, and satisfaction compared to women who have sedentary lifestyle.
Physical activities like strength training can heighten the hormones testosterone, which results in high sex drive for both sexes. However, it’s crucial to know that unnecessary training may arrive at an opposite result—lower levels of testosterone. A recent study proved this claim and showed that men who exercise vigorously have lower sexual desires.
Cardiovascular trainings are also a physical activity which cause our hearts to race and allow blood to flow throughout. Endorphins, which can stimulate the release of sex hormones, are also present during a cardio exercise. Through exercise, the blood circulation improves and over time, makes the heart stronger, lowers blood pressure, and improves digestion because of endorphins. Another hormone, the oxytocin, is released during cool down which results to a feeling of contentment, well-being, and happiness. Americans from four centuries ago have found out that sex, at least once a week, can bring a feeling of happiness to a person.
Another exercise that improves your sex life is yoga. This exercise has been known for centuries and this was done to awaken the sex drive. Another benefit of yoga is flexibility which can be applied by trying out new positions with your partner.
Body image perception also contributes to higher sexual desires. One study showed that people who exercise regularly perceived a positive body image of themselves compared to those who don’t. They also have a greater level of body satisfaction which results in perceiving themselves as more desirable and better performer in bed. For an improved sexual health, your choice may vary from strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and flexibility training.
However, always remember that too much of everything is dangerous. Your body may respond negatively if it felt like it is being overused. It may affect you physically, physiologically, and sexually. You may notice an unexplained weight loss and lack of appetite, as well as lower sexual drive if you exercise excessively.