Physical fitness improves sex performance

Physical fitness can increase blood flow, which in theory can make sex more pleasurable since sexual arousal for both men and women involves increased blood flow to the genital area. And that can increase desire itself—if it feels great, you tend to want to do it more, reports

Satisfying sex lives isn’t just about the nuts and bolts of biology says Maryanne Fisher, Professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada.

It also involves self-image. People who exercise often have a positive self-body image, which might make them simply enjoy their bodies more, too.

“Penhollow and Young (2004) found the frequency of exercise and physical fitness enhanced the attractiveness and increased energy levels. They write that those who exercise are more likely to experience a greater level of satisfaction and a positive perception of self, which may cause them to believe they are more desirable and may perform better sexually.”

 How working out can improve your sex life

Dr. Jennifer Landa is Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD  says that “there is a proven direct link between sex and exercise. When you exercise, the brain produces endorphins that stimulate the release of sex hormones. These hormones reduce your heart rate, improve digestion, lower blood pressure and cortisol levels and relax the body.  Oh, and you also might just feel primed and ready for a little one-on-one time in the bedroom.”

Sexual benefits of fitness

Landa states on the following Sexual benefits of fitness

Cardio: Cardiovascular exercise, such as running, rollerblading or even a pick-up game of basketball can rev up beta-endorphins, which will cause your heart to race and your blood to flow to all the right places. Engage in these activities with your partner, and you will find your desire almost doubles.

Strength: The cure for a low libido is lurking amid all the steel and iron at your local gym too. Strength training increases levels of growth hormone, which contributes to spikes in testosterone – the hormone of arousal. Including strength training into your routine two or three times per week, along with adequate sleep, has been shown to improve sexual arousal.

Yoga: The roots of yoga date back centuries, when the practice was used to stimulate a sexual awakening (also known as tantra.). Focusing your mind and tuning into your senses in a yoga class can work wonders for your sex life – not to mention, improve flexibility for trying new positions with your partner.

In general, engaging in physical activity improves self-esteem and immunity, helps you manage a healthy weight, and increases stamina and energy – all the ingredients for a healthy libido.

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