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Exercise: How It Impacts The Sexual Activity Of Men And Women

In recent years, weight and resistance training has been significantly increasing in popularity. Through repetitive and constant exercise by using external resistance which Sex is a vital component of human existence. This activity plays an important and significant role in maintaining and improving the quality of life. Furthermore, sexual health greatly impacts both emotional and physical health, and a satisfying sex life can contribute a crucial portion in balancing intimate relationships. With that, several studies have focused on improving the sexual activities of both men and women. Studies have found out that exercise greatly impacts the sexual activity of humans.

As you may have known by now, exercise is associated with many changes in the human body such as change in metabolic rate, muscle activation, and blood flow/ Prolonged and maintained exercise routines also facilitate long-lasting adaptations that ultimately improve physical performance. In general, exercise is known not only to improve physical and psychological health, but also improve and boost sexual performance and sexual activity.

With that, here are some of the key facts and points on how exercise impacts the sexual activity of both men and women:

1. Exercises enhances sexual performance

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One of the first obvious reasons for how exercise impacts your sexual activity is that it enhances sexual performance. As with any form of physical activity, having a good body shape aids you in performing activities at your best. Several studies have found out that regular exercise, especially in men, greatly impacts the frequency of different intimate activities, the reliability of adequate functioning during sex, and precentage of satisfying orgasms. In women, on the other hand, increased physical activity has the same benefits like men. Furthermore, studies have shown that physical activity such as exercise can significantly increase the physiological sexual arousal in women. This means that after doing a workout, these women are more likely to be turned on compared to those who did not exercise.

In addition to that, many researchers and scientists agree that exercise indeed affects your sex life by increasing and boosting sexual performance. Moreover, studies have found out that participating in and maintaining a regular exercise regimen that increases heart rate, breathing, and muscle activity can significantly imrpove sexual performance and sexual satisfaction, which can ultimately lead to a better sex life. Also, several studies indicated that men’s fitness levels are directly correlated with the self and partner’s perception of sexual performance and sexual desirability. Moreover, physical physique conditions the mind of an increased sexual capabilities. This means that if a male exercises, he tends to believe that he is better between the sheets and he is more attractive to a mate. With that, the benefits of increased physical activity such as exercise is not only for weight management, control of cholesterol, and management of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and chronic diseases, but also exercise improves your sex life through boosting your sexual performance and your sexual mental condition.

2. Exercises reduces stress which results to better sexual performance

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Stress is definitely a mood killer. When you are under stress, your body reacts in various ways. It can affect your daily activity from work performances to sexual activity. Hence, stress greatly impacts your libido and sex life. One of the biggest is via hormones. Stress causes your body to produce more of the stress hormone called cortisol. When this hormone builds up, this can decrease your interest in sex. In women, the excessive production of this hormone also causes their menstrual cycle to be unregulated, which makes them less interested or in the mood of doing any sexual activity. They also suffer from decreased vaginal lubrication due to stress. Furthermore, stress can indirectly affect your sexual life. The hormones produced when you are stressed can significantly affect the metabolism of the body, which can in turn lead to weight fluctuations and changes in the physical appearance. This, in turn, will make you feel more uninterested in sexual activity because you do not feel good about your body.

In addition to that, as they say, the biggest sex organ is the brain, hence if you have a busy and stress mind, you will surely be distracted during sex. It will be harder for you to focus on your arousal, the pleasurable sensations, or orgasm. Hence, stress can indeed make it harder for both genders to orgasm, or even prevent a person from climaxing at all. With that, it can lead to sexual frustrations and even cause problems in your intimate relationship.

Luckily, there is a way in order to resolve this issue. Having a healthy outlet for your stress, like yoga, getting a massage, exercise, and even taking a bath can help. Furthermore, studies show that exercise can significantly reduce stress level because physical activity is well known to produce feel-good hormones such as endorphins. Exercise can also lower cortisol levels. Both of these work out in order to reduce stress which, in turn, helps maintain a healthy sex drive. Furthermore, studies show that exercise can reduce depression as well, which also has a strong negative effect on your libido. Thus, in short, if you work out regulary, you are more likely to want to have sex often because you are more interested in doing the activity.

3. Exercise improves blood circulation

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Doing routine exercise such as running or any other cardio exercise is beneficial for your sex life. Studies show that aerobic exercise including vigorous walking, jogging, swimming, or biking significantly improves your blood circulation. A good and regulated blood circulation is a vital factor in sexual response. Sexual activity is an entire body experience, so it is only important to keep muscles, blood vessels, and nerves performing at peak levels through a proper circulation of oxygen. Furthermore, studies show that good blood flow also decreases the likelihood of erectile dysfunction for men.

Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to attain and maintain an erection sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual performance. It has been found out that erectile dysfunction affects more than half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 years old. With that, this condition can significantly affect your sex life because of unsatisfactory performance for you and your partner. Many studies have shown that this condition shares multiple modifiable risk factors with cardiovascular disease including atherosclerosis, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus, smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle. Furthermore, multiple recent studies all come to the same conclusions that physical activities levels seem to predict the prevalence and incidence of erectile dysfunction. Hence, lifestyle changes such as weight loss and physical activity are effective methods in regulating erectile dysfunction in moderately obese and sedentary men.

Exercise is an effective way in correcting and controlling erectile dysfunction because when you really think about the physiology of an erection, it is nothing more than filling a chamber with blood. Arousal increases blood flow to the penis and the penis becomes erect. When arousal ceases, blood leaves the penis and the penis becomes flaccid. Hence, it is all about the ability for blood to flow freely. With that, multiple studies clearly demonstrated that increased physical activity, together with lifestyle changes such as healthy dietary habits, and caloric reduction can significantly improve erectile function in obese men and resulted in one-third of men with erectile dysfunction regaining sexual functioning. This improvement can be linked with the increased and better blood circulation throughout the body. So, instead of needing to take any form of supplements in order to help you better in sheets, try doing exercise instead which can make you long and strong and help you get your groove on.

4. Exercise can boost confidence

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One of the best things exercise can give you is your self confidence. Having a good physique, which you worked hard for, gives you a mental boost about yourself. With, regular exercise aids in improving your self-esteem. When you like how your body looks, you are more likely to want to show them off to your partner. Thus, being active leads to a more positive body image. This raised self-esteem can make people feel more sexy, confident, and attractive with themselves and make them more likely to engage in sexual activities. Moreover, an enhanced self-image from exercise may play a role in a way that men and women who exercise may be more likely to feel sexually desirable, which can then lead to better sex. In addition to that, exercise can also produce greater strength, flexibility, and stamina making them more confident in sexual activities.

Furthermore, studies have found out that the objective measures of the quality of women’s sexual partners including men’s attractiveness and masculinity rated based on facial images, greatly impacted women’s orgasms. With that, women tend to orgasm more frequently when having intercourse with an attractive, masculine male who are physically fit and has good strength and stamina in bed.

5. Exercise can increase testosterone levels

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Testosterone is one of the most important hormones in the body, especially in men. With age, it is natural to have a reduction in production of testosterone. There are a lot of available hormone replacement drugs in the market that can aid in improving this reduction. However, if low levels of testosterone are not corrected, it could lead to adverse health effects and age-related diseases such as abdominal obesity, diabetes and prediabetic states, dyslipidemia, low bone and muscle mass, depressed mood, decreased quality of life, and finally, impaired sexual function.

Furthermore, In men, there appears to be an association between testosterone and libido. As testosterone increases, libido increases; as testosterone decreases, libido decreases. Hence, this hormone can significantly impact mood, quality of life, and sexual function. Studies have shown that physical activity such as moderate exercise of any form such as jogging, biking, and walking, and resistance and strength training can increase levels of testosterone levels in both men and women, which in turn lead to better sexual activity. However, it must be noted that there are also studies that show that overtraining can have the opposite effect by lowering testosterone levels. Moreover, in recent studies, it has found that men who do excessive exercises on a daily basis tend to have lower libidos. However, it should be noted that it is not something that most people should be concerned about, because as long as you do moderate exercises with proper intervals, then there should not be a problem with your testosterone levels.

In conclusion, sexual activity is indeed an important factor in order to maintain and promote a healthy intimate relationship. It can significantly impact both emotional and physical health. With that, steps in order to improve sexual performance should always be carried out. Exercise has been shown not only to improve physical and overall health, but also boost sexual performance. Hence, it is important that you perform daily physical activities in order to make sure that your sex life stays on top of its game.

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