When we think of exercise, we usually think of losing weight or building muscle, but you may be surprised to learn exercise can also help to boost your libido (exercise is known to improve circulation; therefore helping to increase blood flow throughout your body, including to your genitals). Increased blood flow to the genitals helps to make sex more pleasurable. Exercise can also improve your mood and elevate your energy, which, in turn, can increase testosterone that helps to reduce depression and fatigue. Endorphins are also released during exercise, giving what you commonly hear to be a “runners high.” In addition to reducing stress, endorphins have been shown to increase sexual arousal.
Performing cardiovascular exercise 3-5 times per week for 20-30 minutes is a good plan. Cardiovascular exercise, weight training, and stretching, can all increase blood flow, which, in turn, can also boost endurance, strength, and flexibility — all very important elements that can lead to a pleasurable sex life. Types of cardiovascular exercises you may want to consider are swimming, fast walking, biking, or using an Elliptical. There’s no one cardio exercise, so the best choice is the one you enjoy doing, and do consistently.
Weight training or strength training three times per week for 30-45 minutes can also be very beneficial. Strength training is known to increase testosterone. Even though woman produce less testosterone than men, it is still a hormone that both sexes need (just different levels of it). Focus on exercising your larger muscle groups such as legs, chest, back, and shoulders. Choose a weight that will allow you to complete three sets of 10 reps for each exercise (resting 1-2 minutes between sets).
Yoga is great for creating a flexible body, reducing stress, and improving blood flow while it also strengthens your muscles, all of which can enhance your libido. Try adding yoga into your schedule 1-2 times per week either at home or in a studio.
Excess weight can impact hormone levels, changing the balance between estrogen and testosterone. A low testosterone level can decrease ones sex drive. Heart disease and erectile dysfunction are also closely related. Regular exercise can help manage your weight and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Of course, there are additional physical benefits to doing cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching. Looking and feeling better can enhance your self-image, helping you to feel better about yourself and body image. This new, positive outlook may also help to boost your sex drive. If you think about exercise as a boost to your libido, it just may be the motivator to keep you on track to a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Note: Please consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.