It is a known fact that exercise is an essential ingredient for a fit body, a healthy mind and a good life. Even if a person trains at least two or three times a week, it has a positive impact on his physical health. But what about sexual health? Can exercise help? Recent studies say more about this.

A study published in “The Journal of Sexual Medicine” found that men with a large waist circumference or high BMI were 50% more likely to have erectile dysfunction, while about half of obese women reported erectile dysfunction. problems with sexual activity, desire and performance. , at least some of the time, said another study, published in “Obesity,” as reported by CNN.

According to the National Institutes of Health, 43% of women and 31% of men suffer from some form of sexual dysfunction, with obesity and lack of exercise often being factors.

Women who exercised up to six hours a week, on the other hand, had lower sexual distress and resistance in their clitoral arteries compared to women who did not exercise, as reported in a study by 2021 published in “The Journal of Sexual Medicine”. Practitioners also showed significantly higher levels of desire, arousal, lubrication, and orgasm.

“This is really a medical issue that we should be addressing as part of a person’s health and well-being,” said Dr. Karyn Eilber, a urologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. and expert in sexual well-being. “But there is still a stigma around the subject.”

There shouldn’t be, said Eilber and other experts. Although sex is not openly discussed, it is still undeniable that sex is an essential part of being human and its importance is not limited to reproduction. Quality sexual activity has a major impact on mental and emotional health, quality of life, and the strength of intimate relationships. A series of studies have confirmed this, indicating that loving sex and touch are essential for multiple aspects of well-being, such as feeling understood, cared for and accepted.

Here are the positive results of regular physical activity:

Blood circulation is stimulated: All aerobic exercise increases circulation, or blood flow, and helps ensure a healthy circulatory system. Strong and steady blood flow is the key to arousal. In men, it facilitates erections and in women, it contributes to vaginal lubrication and clitoral sensation.

It increases endurance: When you train regularly, you develop more endurance. It is important for their sexual health. The Mayo Clinic compared having sex to climbing two or three flights of stairs. And a National Institutes of Health study found that half an hour of sexual activity can burn 125 calories for men and almost 100 for women, which is equivalent to walking at a pace of 3 miles per hour. .

It helps individuals become more confident: once an individual has established a routine exercise program, they feel fitter and slimmer. This, in turn, can improve their self-esteem. “Nothing is sexier than self-confidence,” Eilber said. Indeed, a 2019 study published in the Journal of Personality found that women had more romantic interest in men with greater social confidence, whether that confidence was innate or trained.

Decreased stress levels: Being stressed, anxious or depressed can dampen libido. Depression is often linked to problems with sexual functioning, and the more severe the depression, the worse the problems get, according to a 2018 study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry. The study found that this is especially true when it comes to sexual desire and satisfaction.

Fortunately, exercise has been shown to be effective in combating stress, anxiety, and depression, which can result in a revived libido. Antidepressants are also known to negatively affect your libido, Eilber said, so if exercise can help a person lower their dose or cut it out altogether, great.

The general state of health of individuals improves: when a person adopts a regular exercise program, his general state of health also improves. Exercising can even help them avoid serious illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which sometimes require drugs that inhibit arousal. Both of these medical conditions can also damage the tiny arteries in the penis, leading to erectile dysfunction. It should be noted here that erectile dysfunction is often one of the first noticeable side effects of high blood pressure and diabetes.

The amount of exercise needed to improve sexual health depends on the person. Therefore, it is advisable to check with your doctor. Experts have said that even short bursts of exercise, like regular brisk walks, can improve sexual wellbeing.

If you’re still not convinced it’s time to grab your sneakers and start moving, heed this warning from Eilber. “There’s something about that phrase, ‘Use it or lose it,'” she said. “Your pelvic organs are like any other part of the body. If you don’t use them, you will lose their function.”

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