Exercise and Sex
From Smooth Fitness
For over 10 years we have been promoting the
benefits of exercise and fitness. But we have overlooked one the most important
reasons for staying fit - maintaining a healthy sex life. In the February 1999
issue of the American Medical Association, researchers found that sexual
dysfunction is more likely among those with poor physical health and it
contributes to negative experiences with sexual relationships. The conclusion
is that your physical health affects your ability to function sexually.
But this is only one of many studies. It
seems to be a popular topic of research.
Doctors at the New England Research
Institute determined that regular vigorous exercise would lower the risk of
impotence. Vigorous exercise was defined as doing the equivalent of walking two
miles or burning 200 calories a day.
A University of California studied
middle-aged, sedentary men. After putting them on one hour of exercise three
times a week, "the men demonstrated improved sexual function, more frequent sex
and orgasms and greater satisfaction."
Researchers at Bentley College in
Massachusetts found that women in their 40s were more sexually active (about
seven times per month), and enjoyed it more then a sedentary group of peers.
Since sex requires similar endurance developed through cardio exercise, it is
recommended that individuals walk, run, cycle or swim for at least 30 minutes,
three times a week. The results are both partners will be able to perform
longer and more often.
These are a couple of our favorite
A two-year study at the Cologne University
Medical Center determined that certain exercises can be as effective as Via*gra
(sildenafil) in dealing with some causes of erectile dysfunction. It was always
assumed that certain pelvic exercises would help, but according to Dr. Frank
Sommer, "we were surprised it was so effective."
Over 100 patients with middle to medium
circulatory problems were randomly given sildenafil, placebo or placed on an
The results were 80% of the participants who
exercised reported better erections, compared to 74% on sildenafil and 18%
taking the placebo. The exercise focused on the pelvis, buttocks and upper leg
muscles. The results were increased blood flow necessary to maintain an
erection, and best of all, the rigidity of the erections improved an average of
46% three months after men started the exercise program.
The University of Texas, at Austin, studied
35 women between the ages of 18 and 34. You are going to like this research. On
two separate occasions the woman watched a short travel film followed by an
X-rated film. The first viewing the women cycled vigorously for 20 minutes. The
second viewing they were sedentary. The women's response was calculated by
measuring the blood flow in their genital tissue. It was concluded that the
vaginal responses were 169% greater after exercising.
These studies confirm the contribution of
exercise to a healthy love life, but everything in moderation. If you are
thinking that becoming an ultra marathon runner or a triathlete will take your
sexual encounters to the stratosphere, you will be disappointed. Extreme
exercise can actually decrease testosterone level, leading to less robust sex.