How Does Exercise Affect Your Sex Life?

It is a known fact that doing some regular exercise can bode well for your overall wellbeing. I am talking about benefits to the physical, mental, and psychological aspects of your life. But, research findings suggest that exercise can actually improve your sex life as well. What gives?

Men’s Natural Viagra

Men who suffer from sexual dysfunction would often have to turn to medications and libido-boosting supplements to somehow gain back their sexual vigor, but did you know that one natural way of getting the same effect is by doing regular exercise?

In numerous studies, men who lead more active lifestyles are less likely to develop symptoms of erectile dysfunction- a condition where there is inadequate blood flow to the penile muscles, resulting in fewer contractions, i.e. less powerful and sustained erections.

In fact, men who had led sedentary lifestyles before showed remarkable improvement in
one study by incorporating physical exercise about 3-4 times a week in a period of 6 months.

Women, too, can actually benefit from regular exercise. A study revealed that women who went on cycling for 20 minutes straight showed increased sexual arousal after making them watch porn after the event.

The reason why regular exercise is touted to be nature’s Viagra is the fact that it can help improve overall blood flow in the body.

An Improved Self-Image

Exercise invariably leads to toned muscles and lower body weight. Self-image always takes a hit when men and women start gaining those extra pounds from lack of physical activity.

Physical exercise not only helps tone muscles, but it also helps build them, as well as help improves their flexibility. Not to mention that strenuous activities can lead to increased testosterone production in both men and women- a sex hormone that is mainly linked to an increase in sex drive.

Sex Weakens the Body?

There is a notion that male athletes should never engage in sex a day or two before competition because, as Rocky Balboa’s trainer would put it, ‘women weaken legs’. Is there some truth to this?

Well, if we look at some studies that tackle this specific topic, there is little evidence to prove that having sex before competitions can actually diminish performance. If anything, it actually improves performance across the board.

There was a study where men had their grip strengths measured just a couple of hours after sex. It showed little to no decrease in grip strength after it has been measured for a couple of days.

However, this study did indicate that men who had their grip strength measured just two hours after sex had a slight decrease in performance, but that may be attributed to the fact that so much energy was spent doing the deed.

Does Sex Count as Exercise?

Technically, any activity that can make you sweat counts as an exercise, but if you talk about sex being an effective one will depend on the intensity and longevity.

You see, sex doesn’t usually last for more than 10 minutes on average and if that is the case, then it is not an effective exercise. However, the same cannot be said for people who can go the distance. Sex can burn 4 calories per minute for men and 3 calories per minute for women.

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