It goes without saying that hitting the gym on the regular is one of the best things you can possibly do for your health. It helps you maintain a healthy weight, improves your heart health, and boosts your brain function. It makes you stronger, extends your potential life span, and improves your overall quality of life as well.
What you may not be aware of is the fact that getting fit and staying that way is one of the best possible ways to improve your sex life and become the sexual dynamo you’ve always wanted to be as well. Let’s take a closer look at how.
- It improves your circulation.
Exercise is famous for the way it really gets your blood pumping. It doesn’t just improve your overall cardiovascular health either. It promotes the efficient flow of blood throughout your entire body. This includes to your crotch, genitals, and sex organs. What’s more, this is the case for men and women alike.
For a man, better blood flow and more of it can result in bigger, harder, longer lasting erections. In women, better circulation means an ability to experience fuller, more intense arousal. Her vaginal walls, clitoris, and labia become more sensitive as a result leading to stronger orgasms and more of them.
- It stimulates your nervous system.
Improved blood flow isn’t the only exercise-related factor that can lead to quicker arousal and better sex. Exercise also stimulates and improves the response of your sympathetic nervous system (SNS). According to research function, better SNS function is directly related to quicker, more intense sexual arousal.
In other words, not only should you definitely exercise regularly if you’re serious about having the best possible sex life, but you may occasionally want to consider priming for a possible love session with a quick workout. Exercise can be a great way to counteract any sex drive-related side effects of antidepressants as well.
- It tightens up your muscles.
Anyone that’s spent much time exercising knows it works wonders for your physique. Not only do you lose unwanted body fat, but you build and tone your muscles as well. Tighter, healthier muscles don’t just look better, but function better overall.
In addition to finding it easier to do your yardwork or bring in the groceries, you’ll definitely find sex gets better. Your pubococcygeus (PC) muscle benefits from your exercise regimen just as surely as your other muscles do. Strong, high functioning PC muscles go hand in hand with stronger, better orgasms for both men and women.
- Your hormones level out.
When you’re carrying around a lot of extra weight, you can’t help but feel sluggish from time to time. It’s not just about dealing with lower energy levels and less stamina either. The more excess fat you’re carrying on your body, the more estrogen your body produces (whether you’re male or female). High estrogen levels can result in decreased libido and lower levels of arousal in both sexes.
Lacing up your cross trainers and hitting the gym can help you regulate your hormones and keep your estrogen levels in check. According to research conducted by the National Cancer Institute, getting around 300 minutes of exercise every week (about 30-45 minutes a day) keeps estrogen levels where they ought to be. Just one more way exercise can make it easier to become and stay aroused!
- You’ll feel a lot sexier.
The more you work out, the better you’ll start to look. The better you look, the sexier you’re going to feel. Great sex is as much a mental activity as it is a physical one. When you feel like a total sex god (or goddess), you’ll find it a lot easier to bring your A-game in the bedroom. You’ll find it easier to approach the type of potential sex partners you’re truly attracted to as well.
Best of all, you won’t have to wait until you’ve reached your target weight or fitness goals to start reaping the sexual benefits of your exercise routine. According to research, just knowing you’re working out and making improvements in how you look and feel is enough to boost self-esteem and make you better at sex.
- You’ll become more attractive on a basic chemical level.
Both men and women emit sex pheromones to attract sex partners at all times. However, these pheromones and their effects become a lot more intense when we sweat. Yes, you heard that right! Getting your sweat on actually makes you more sexually attractive on a basic chemical level.
This may be why the gym tends to be such a great place to meet potential partners. It’s also one of the many reason post-workout nookie can be so darned hot, as well as why many people find it so arousing to watch someone very attractive working up a sweat.
- You’ll be in a better mood more of the time.
In case you haven’t noticed, bad or low moods and sexual arousal rarely tend to go hand in hand. In fact, one of the best known and most dreaded depression symptoms is a lowered ability to experience pleasure of any kind, the sexual variety included. Depressed people have a harder time wanting or seeking out sex in the first place as well.
As touched on above, exercise is just as great for your mental state as it is your physical one. It can make a massive difference when it comes to alleviating depression symptoms and boosting overall mood. In some cases, exercise has even been known to help people overcome depression altogether over time.
- Your stamina will go through the roof.
Everyone that starts working out can appreciate the benefits increased stamina and endurance bring to the table. Stick with it long enough and you’ll be able to say good-bye to getting winded just from bringing groceries from the car or climbing up a few flights of stairs! You’ll also start noticing that it’s now possible to have the kind of sex you’d probably rather be having.
Instead of having to settle for quickies because that’s all you can handle physically, you’ll eventually find those marathon sessions you could only fantasize about before are now totally doable. When combined with increased strength and flexibility, stamina makes it easier to experiment in the bedroom as well.
- It helps you relax and decompress.
Naturally, a lack of energy isn’t the only thing that can get in the way of a person’s sex life. Anyone with a high-powered job or a lot of responsibilities to handle already knows that stress can be a total libido zapper as well. It hardly helps that stress can eventually lead to chronic sleep issues, depression, and anxiety that will only make it harder to feel sexy at the end of the day.
Although exercise probably won’t be able to remove the stressors from your life, it can teach your body to get better at dealing with the fallout. The physiological effects of exercise (i.e. heavy breathing and elevated heart rate) are actually stress responses brought on by the exertion itself. Over time, your body gets used to dealing with responses like this without associating them with feelings of anxiety and worry. You’ll eventually find it easier to relax and find peace of mind no matter what else might be going on in your life as a result. That means it’ll also become easier to get in the mood.
- Endorphins can help you feel friskier as well.
We all know people that not only enjoy exercise, but seem almost as if they can’t get enough of it. No, they’re not crazy and no, it’s not your imagination. “Runner’s high” is totally a thing and it’s something you’ll start experiencing as well once you get the hang of maintaining an ongoing fitness routine.
Physical activity signals the release of endorphins, your body’s natural feel-good hormones. Not only do endorphins help take the edge off any pain you might be feeling, but they put you in an awesome mood as well. Add that “on top of the world” feeling to the excellent rush of pheromones that can come with exercise and you’ve definitely got the makings of an excellent love session on your hands.
All things considered, it’s important to remember that sex is a form of physical activity, so it makes sense that improving your overall fitness level would make you better at it. You don’t necessarily have to hit the literal gym to reap the benefits though. Find an activity that you truly enjoy and know you can stick with over the long haul. It won’t be long before you’re seeing results, both in and out of the bedroom!