Exercise is known to be essential to overall health. A new study indicates that this also includes sexual health. He notes that men with a larger waist circumference or higher BMI have a 50% increased risk of erectile dysfunction. The results were published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

In another study published in 2021 in the same journal, it was noted that women who exercised six hours per week had lower sexual distress and resistance in their clitoral arteries compared to women who did not exercise. exercise. He also reported that those who exercised showed higher levels of desire, arousal, lubrication and orgasm.

Along with obesity and lack of exercise, 43% of women and 31% of men have some form of sexual dysfunction, according to the National Institutes of Health.

According to a review by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the available literature provides ample evidence of the beneficial effects of physical exercise on hormones, such as oxytocin, cortisol or estrogen. [39], which appear to affect sexual function and arousal in particular. Likewise, exercise appears to activate the sympathetic nervous system, which is involved in both sexual arousal and orgasm. When it comes to traditional forms of exercise, both resistance training and aerobic exercise training have been shown to be effective in improving sexual function in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

Experts also say exercise has a cascading effect on your mood. (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock)

Dr Sheetal Rane, Head of Physiotherapy Department at Bhatia Hospital, Mumbai, mentioned that a regular exercise routine helps improve flexibility, strength and endurance, which “increases the stamina needed to sexual activity”. “Aerobic exercise improves overall blood circulation and prevents blockages in blood vessels. This is also beneficial for maintaining blood flow to the sex organs. This way it helps prevent erectile dysfunction in men which is quite common at an age,” Dr. Rane said.

According to Rane, exercises also help release endorphins in the body, also known as “happiness hormones.” “These are known to inhibit pain, relieve stress, boost happiness and promote pleasure,” Dr. Rane said.

Exercise in all its forms maintains healthy blood circulation, which is essential for maintaining good mental and emotional health, as well as intimate relationships, added Dr Tushar Tayal, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Narayana Superspecialtiy Hospital, Gurugram.

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