“Sexual activity is physical activity: and the best way to get sexually fit is to be physically fit. Therefore, you better get up and get moving if you want a strong sex drive.”
Your sex drive comprises many things: biological, psychological, social and physical components. Biologically, hormone levels, such as testosterone, are believed to affect sex drive. Psychological factors like relationship issues and stress also have impact, as do social factors such as work and family. Furthermore, sex drive may be affected by medical conditions, medications and lifestyle.
Sexual activity is physical activity: and the best way to get sexually fit is to be physically fit. Therefore, you better get up and get moving if you want a strong sex drive. Exercise of any kind is the best way to ensure a healthy libido. In short, working out and sex drive go hand in hand. After working out your testosterone levels slightly increase also and helps your body to function more smoothly and sufficiently. Studies have shown that regular exercise produces higher levels of blood flow to the sex organs, which can cause greater sensitivity and enjoyment during love making, thus making it more desirable.
Those who regularly exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle generally have a higher self-esteem due to a more positive self-image: when you look good, you feel good. Cardiac endurance, strength level and studies have also concluded that those with higher metabolism tend to have higher levels of aggression.
Sex is About Endurance
To ensure that love making lasts more than a few minutes, you and your partner need endurance and vigor. To increase stamina and keep your endorphins flowing, cardiovascular workouts are advised three to five days a week for at least 20 to 30 minutes at a time.
If you have a skipping rope, work on a 60-second burst of skipping in 2 sets. You can also do a 30-minute cycling spins on stationary bike or 45 minutes outdoor running. Any vigorous sport or exercise that gets your heart rate and body temperature up, and blood pumping will give you that extra boost of energy you will need when it really counts. Before you begin, warm up with a 6-minute warm-up routine. After your workout, cool down with a 5-minute stretch.
Strength is Essential
Holding positions in bed demands a certain amount of muscle power. Weightlifting at the gym will ensure the right muscles fire up when the heat is on. Lifting lighter weights for several repetitions at a time will tone the upper and lower body, prevent leg and foot cramping at inconvenient moments and build your self-confidence.
Core strengthening and sit-ups are also recommended to strengthen your abdominal muscles, which are essential to effective lovemaking.
Flexibility & Proper Circulation
Proper circulation is essential for sexual function especially for men because blood flow to the penis is the main mechanism of an erection. For women, blood flow will also increase lubrication, reducing pain and friction.
You can try Yoga, a 5,000-year-old practice of integrating the mind, body and spirit, is more than just “breathing in and breathing out.” In fact, having a regular yoga practice not only makes you more limber, but more importantly increases blood flow and circulation throughout the body, stimulating all of your nerve endings and increasing you and your partner’s chances of heightened pleasure. By tapping unused muscles, you will feel fitter. In working out, your body will become more toned and you may notice an increase in your metabolism. Better muscle tone will also increase your sexual responsiveness. For example, tight hips decrease your sex drive by constricting blood flow to the sexual region, decreasing nerve activity and pleasure.
Better health leads to a better body, to feeling better and better sex. Those who are more obsessed with staying fit may have higher sex drives and can also tend to be more aggressive and socially dominant. Not only does fitness play a positive role in sexuality, but this activity you share with your partner serves as prelude to a more exciting sexual activity.
NOTE: This tool does not provide medical advice
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