By: Jennifer L. Long, RN, NCN
Was hitting the gym one of your New Year’s health goals? If it was I have great news, SWEAT IS SEXY! Yes, regular exercise will do many things for your health and body, and revving up your sex life is one of them! The benefits of exercise are well-noted; increased strength, endurance, improved muscle development, cardiovascular and respiratory function, increased metabolism, better sleep and yes, BETTER SEX! It is obvious that working out can make your body stronger, now isn’t it awesome to know you can show it in the bedroom?
It is no mystery that nutrition and fitness go hand in hand in creating better health. General health practices are important to keep your body strong, the more you do to take care of yourself with nutrition, exercise, hydration, sleep and stress management, the better your body responds and improves in many ways. This also directly affects your sexual function!
Think about this…when physicians and nurses encourage physical activity to their patients, one goal is to increase circulation and blood flow, vital in sexual function. In a February 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, scientists found that sexual dysfunction is more likely among those with poor physical and emotional health, and plays a major role with negative experiences in sexual relationships and with overall well-being.
Men have been studied and shown to have an increase in testosterone and improved sexual function with regular exercise. There is also evidence to show men to decrease their chances in developing Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and/or impotence. Women are not excluded from this great news! Studies have also shown that with increased physical activity, an increase in blood flow and circulation to the vagina and clitoris, promoting a more satisfying sexual experience.
So, would it make sense with exercise being such a huge factor in your love life, more would be better? The answer is NO! In fact, the same studies determined with heavy exercise, men showed a decrease in testosterone, leading to a less robust sex life. A quality workout can be anywhere from 30-90 minutes.
With all this great news, are you excited about getting started on a new workout routine? This is a positive response and one I am pleased to encourage. How to get started and STAY started is where you need guidance! First of all, my first recommendation is to consult with your primary care physician to determine what type of physical activity your body is healthy enough for. Assuming you are cleared for any form of activity and have zero limitations, you can begin your search for what interests you.
There are different forms of exercise. If you do not already have an interest and aren’t sure where or how to start, I suggest finding a fitness coach or personal trainer to guide you.
There are other factors that can affect your circulation as well. Obesity, smoking and heavy alcohol use all contribute. Exercise is however, the most effective in increasing circulation.
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