Exercise and sex are a combination that always goes hand in hand. On the one hand, someone says that going to the gym regularly is bad for sexual performance; on the other, some say the exact opposite. So, being consistent in sports, does your performance improve or deteriorate in bed?
The more you exercise, the worse your sex gets
This hypothesis is supported by the University of North Carolina, which recently published an article that guarantees that extreme exercise affects libido, generates more fatigue, and changes the loss of testosterone (primary male sex hormone).
The study, conducted by Dr. Anthony Hackney, consisted of a series of surveys of over 1,100 individuals, mostly high-performance athletes. Data analysis saw a repetitive pattern emerge: libido was lower in those who had performed a more demanding routine than in those who had performed a moderate workout.
Cardio, the perfect partner for good sex
Despite data obtained from the University of North Carolina, a group of Belgian scientists has begun to study the relationship between exercise and good performance in bed. According to them, endorphins (the hormones that produce positive changes in our body and give us the feeling of happiness) are not released equally in all sports. Their production is more excellent in high intensity and duration exercises. Therefore, intense training (without falling into the exhaustive) would benefit our sexual health.
Although at first glance, the studies may seem contradictory, there is something in which they coincide: never deny yourself a cardiovascular workout, because it is one of the areas that are most beneficial to sex. According to Belgian scientists, swimming, running, cycling, or doing any other type of discipline works on the maximum heart rate at 70-80%, promotes the cardiorespiratory capacity. This Cardio exercise, in turn, benefits blood pressure, allowing oxygenated blood to reach more muscles, including the penis.
In particular, it is shown that men who undergo training of about 60 minutes three to five days a week have experienced an erotic response in terms of duration, endurance, and intensity of orgasm. Even just running for 30 minutes three times a week has positive effects on the bedroom situation, as it significantly increases sexual performance. Athletic training also allows you to improve the degree of muscle elasticity, giving you more confidence in experimenting with new positions in the bedroom.
Exercising will help you get better erections.
According to a recent study by Harvard University, “Scientific research suggests that the low level of oxygen in the penis causes some muscle cells to lose their flexibility by creating a ’tissue’ that hinders the penis’ ability to expand.”
Another analysis from 2015 claims that doing three and a half hours of moderate exercise per week helps to have a healthier heart, which means higher sexual function, better erections, and a better quality of orgasm in general. Likewise, research has confirmed what we already knew: sport helps reduce stress and anxiety levels, which benefits our performance in bed (or wherever you decide to have sex).
Pelvic floor exercises
Kegel exercises can help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles in both men and women. In addition to their effect on urinary and colon function, Kegel exercises may also have added benefits in the realm of sexual activity and function.
Identify your pelvic floor muscles by stopping the flow of urine midstream. The muscles that keep you from passing gas also support your pelvic floor. The Mayo Clinic suggests tightening these muscles for 3 seconds before relaxing them for 3 seconds and doing at least three sets of 10 repetitions each day. Also, don’t make a habit of performing Kegel exercises while urinating once you’ve identified your pelvic floor muscles.
- Not going to the gym has a negative impact on your sexual performance and the quality of your erections.
- Training hard and not getting enough rest could reduce your sexual potency.
- Including cardiovascular exercise in the weekly routine (moderate to intense) is beneficial for sexual health.
- Exercise improves your body’s blood circulation, which results in more powerful erections.
- Exercise improves your libido, releases endorphins, and improves testosterone production.
- Pelvic floor exercises, benefits for sexual activity for the Last longer.