How Exercise Improves Your Libido
Is your time in the bedroom needing some improvement? Well, the right solution might not actually take place in your bedroom.
For everyday adults, our lives in bed (or out of it depending on how you like to have your fun) can vary from crazy to lazy. But with how the world and our work lives work, we don’t always have the energy or the time to enjoy this part of our lives. But, there may be a way to help. Exercise.
Exercise has been scientifically proven to better men and women’s libidos, and in many ways. Here are just a few of the long list of benefits exercise can have on your libido.
1) Reduced Stress: Stress, both Short-term and chronic, can be lowered. People who exercise regularly experience an increase in dopamine and other feel-good hormones that fight off depression. If you exercise more regularly, you’ll find that you’ll have less stress and more mental capacity to enjoy the intimate moments in your life.
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2) Helps Control Insulin Levels: Next, if you have trouble keeping your insulin levels in check, the exercise would be a great benefit to you. High levels of insulin can create problems with your hormones that affect your libido such as testosterone, leptin, and cortisol. Again, exercise keeps your hormones balanced.
3) It Helps Blood Flow: Some other health benefits exercise has with your libido and intimacy is keeping up a consistent blood flow. This then helps men to fight out or manage erectile dysfunction. Some other health factors it supports is reduced blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of heart disease.
4) Improves Cognitive Function: Exercising doesn’t just help with your hormones or blood flow, but it also helps your brain too. Your mind gets sharper with exercise and keeps you more engaged with life. You’ll find that being better at focuses can help greatly with intimacy.
5) Boost Stamina: Lastly, exercise can boost stamina. Who doesn’t want to say that they can last a while in bed? And, who else wouldn’t like to see a boost to their endurance. Exercises that focus on and support cardiovascular health have the added effect of helping the libido. What’s not to love?
5 Exercise Ideas
But which specific exercises can help you to increase your libido and boost the intimate moments in your life? Here are five ideas to get you started.
1) Strength Training: Strength training such as lifting weights or using resistance equipment to build muscle is great for increasing libido. At the very least, it’s much better than cardio-based exercises in this way. Part of the reason for this is due to strength training’s impact on relieving stress.
2) Kegels: Focusing on your pelvic floor muscles? There’s no way that could help with getting intimate? Ok bad jokes aside, this is a good one to try. Usually, kegel exercises are used to help women achieve a more powerful orgasm and delay exercises, but they can also benefit men too. Plus, you also can improve problems with bowel control and urine leakage.
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3) Yoga: Yoga can help you in touch with your body. Yoga helps people to learn helpful breathing practices, how to practice mindfulness, and how to stretch out and become more flexible. All of these effects would be great for someone trying to improve their intimacy. Plus, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that yoga is an effective nonpharmacological option for managing premature ejaculation.
4) Walking: While strength training is great for the libido, you also should keep a variety in your exercise habits. Even just walking 30 minutes in your day can be a worthwhile exercise. A Harvard study found that a 30-minute walk a day can possibly decrease the risk of erectile dysfunction.
5) Swimming: Lastly, swimming. Just like walking, a Harvard study, a different one, found that 30 minutes of swimming can have great effects. This time, however, you should do it three times a week. Then, you’ll possibly experience a boost in your mojo.
But be careful, it’s not all good news. There are ways that exercise can do the opposite to someone’s libido. According to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers have found that increasing endurance training too much can actually cause a lowering of one’s libido. So don’t just keep escalating the marathon training. That can hurt you in more ways than one. If you are finding you have problems with your libido and intimacy, you should try adjusting your exercise schedule. That may be the cause of your issue.
While exercise is great for living a happier and healthier life, we don’t want to forgo common sense. If you are exercising too much, you can put yourself in danger. Instead, go to a doctor and see what they recommend when it comes to your health and well-being. And if they give the go-ahead to get back to exercise, make sure to take it at a slow and steady pace. Trust us, the exercise will always be there waiting for you to get back to it. Ironically, you don’t have to sprint to it.
With that, one last, and very important, part of fitness is the reminder that you should also rest. Your body needs time to rest to break down and build your muscles back up. Just as a phone battery needs to recharge, so does your body. And, your libido too. Working out too hard can decrease your testosterone levels and wear out your body. That would have the opposite effect of what you’re trying to create. So take care of yourself, your body, and your libido. Remember to get some exercise in, but also remember to get some rest in too.