You've heard it before — working out is key to your overall health. From improving mental clarity and reducing your risk of developing chronic conditions to helping with weight loss, fitness offers a plethora of benefits.
But here's something you may not know — a consistent exercise routine can do wonders for you in the bedroom.
No, this isn't some urban legend. While we won't bore you with it, there is actual scientific proof. So let's dive in, shall we?
How working out improves your sex life
So you might be asking yourself, how will what I do physically outside the bedroom impact my performance inside the bedroom?
Exercise stimulates all the right hormones
Working out increases the body's levels of testosterone, estrogen, prolactin, and oxytocin while lowering cortisol. And guess what? Each of these plays a huge part in things like boosting your libido and sexual functions. (i.e., erectile dysfunction, natural lubrication, etc.)
Exercise will keep all of these hormone levels in check while improving your sex life.
Exercise lowers stress
We can all agree stress is quite the mood killer. Whenever we feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, sex is usually the last thing on our minds.
The good news is in addition to all those wonderful hormones we mentioned above, exercise also increases serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin is the hormone responsible for relieving tension and improving relaxation. As a result, you'll feel happier while enjoying all the moments between the sheets.
Studies point to a link between low levels of serotonin and premature ejaculation. Want to go longer? Well, then make sure you get your workouts in!
Exercise builds up your self-confidence
When you feel good, you look good — and vice versa.
Either way, exercising positively impacts how we view our bodies. And when we feel confident about our bodies, we feel much more secure in bed because we aren't focusing on how we look naked.
Furthermore, studies show that those with lower self-esteem are less likely to want to have sex than those who feel good about their bodies. So get out there and run, you sexy beast!
Exercise equals more stamina
It's a given that working out is good for your cardiovascular health. What does that have to do with sex? When your heart is healthy, your endurance will increase.
That means a more enhanced sex drive, improved performance, and longer periods of time between the sheets.
6 Exercises that benefit your bedroom performance
Ready to up your performance in the bedroom? Incorporate these six exercises into your routine.
Looking to add some different positions in the bedroom? Yoga is a sure-fire way to improve strength and flexibility, meaning you can easily experiment with all sorts of sexual positions to highten excitement and maximize pleasure.
But the sexual benefits of yoga don't stop there. It can also increase blood flow to your man parts and build stamina by strengthening your pelvic muscles.
Weight lifting/Strength training
Pumping iron leads to an increase in testosterone, which helps build muscle.
But do you know what else healthy levels of testosterone are responsible for? Elevating sexual desire. So strength training that increases your testosterone may just rev up your libido.
Swimming is an excellent form of cardio. Cardio means more endurance — which again helps enhance your performance in and out of the bedroom.
You don't need to be the next Michael Phelps either. Just 30 minutes in the pool a few times a week is a great way to tone your pelvic floor muscles, which can heighten your overall sexual experience.
Ladies AND gentlemen, we are talking to you. That's right guys— kegel exercises are just as important down there for you as they are for women.
Kegels strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which help relieve urine and bowel issues. In addition, they can also increase sex drive. This means a more intense orgasm for women and delayed ejaculation and improved sexual endurance for men.
Not only is indoor cycling all the rage right now, but recent studies have debunked the rumors that it negatively affects urinary or sexual function.
In fact, research has shown that cycling can increase blood flow down there for both men and women, increasing arousal and overall sexual pleasure. So saddle up!
Find the right balance
With all this being said, over-exercising to the point of fatigue can destroy your sex drive. This is especially the case if your body goes into recovery mode, sending blood flow to aid your muscles — instead of your sexual organs.
So take it slow, listen to your body and enjoy the ride. (pun intended)
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