If tighter abs and firm glutes or improving your health aren’t enough to entice you to get off the couch and start exercising, how about the prospect of having hotter sex?
That’s right. Numerous studies looking at the relationship between exercise and physical sexual satisfaction have all found regular exercise heightens enjoyment and pleasure for both men and women.
One 1990 study showed physically fit men not only engaged in sexual activities more often, but also performed better during intercourse and increased their percentage of pleasing orgasms as compared to sedentary men.
Likewise, a 2005 longitudinal study showed women who got little exercise experienced lower sexual satisfaction as compared to women who exercised.
Face it, it’s difficult to ignite a flame when you’re too tired, stressed out or out of shape to do simple exercise without becoming winded, but rest assured, there is still hope. Regardless of what shape you are now in, you can improve your stamina and boost your libido.
A 1996 study found two sets of women—those who were sexually functioning and those who were sexually impaired— were both able to increase the flow of blood to the vaginal area resulting in heightened sexual arousal after starting a regular exercise program (30 minutes of moderate physical activity for five or more days per week). Researchers believe exercise intensifies the sympathetic nervous system thus possibly enhancing physical sexual satisfaction.
“Regular exercisers may experience physiological benefits that could enhance their physical sexual satisfaction such as increased blood flow, joint and muscular flexibility, release of endorphins, and skeletal muscular strength,” according to a 2007 University of Cincinnati study.
Exercise not only improves sexual functioning by increasing physical endurance, muscle tone and body composition, but research shows that even low levels of exercise help elevate mood and keep the “equipment” in better working condition.
Some studies report physically fit men were less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED).