New Year Resolution: Regular exercise and better sexual life
2016 is right around the corner and for most people, this is the best time to take a step back and analyze their past years to make better choices for a happy future. Whether you realize or not, throughout the year 2015, most of us worked and lived without much active thinking or planning. A lot of us took one day at a time to juggle between the responsibilities and day-to-day chores; in an attempt to maintain a balance between work life and home life (and social life if time allowed). But what about our personal life?
Unfortunately, in this fast pace world, personal life has taken a back seat. A lot of people have limited time to work-out or enjoy simple joyful moments with loved-ones. Consequently, the pressure, stress and exhaustion takes its toll on the physiological health and thus:
- Over the years, the prevalence of cardiovascular ailments has increased drastically.
- More people are now living with metabolic syndrome (diabetes, cancer, obesity); despite high general awareness about these health issues and pathogenesis. According to latest statistics, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in general population is as high as 34%.
- Sexual dysfunction (erectile disorders, poor libido and sex drive, inability to achieve orgasms, premature ejaculation) and a number of other sexual issues are also caused by high stress levels and poor lifestyle choices.
How can regular exercise contribute to a healthy sexual life?
Experts recommend moderate physical activity to improve the quality of sex life. Here is how:
- Exercise and physical activity improve basal metabolic rate; thereby improving sexual vigor and enthusiasm in the bedroom. Part of this effect is mediated by increased circulation of blood in the body and better bodily response to sexual stimulation as suggested by a study reported in the International Journal of Cardiology (2).
- With regular physical activity, hormones and chemical mediators (such as endorphins) are released in the blood stream to elevate mood and makes you feel happier and fresh. Various research studies have suggested that regular exercise can help in improving the erectile function in males (3).
- It is no wonder that sedentary lifestyle contributes to obesity (especially truncal obesity or increased abdominal girth). According to the latest data reported by New England Institute (3), investigators suggested that the serum levels of testosterone are significantly lower in males with a waist line (or abdominal circumference) of more than 40 inches. However, any form of moderate physical activity is almost immediately followed by a rise in DHT (or dihydrotestosterone), a more potent form of testosterone. It is imperative to mention that normal testosterone levels are required for healthy sex drive and rejuvenation.
- Exercise and fitness improves the physical and psychological perception of self. It is believed that when individuals feel good about their physical appearance, they are more likely to engage in healthy sexual relations.
Where to start from?
A lot of people find it difficult to take out time on daily basis from their busy schedules for physical activity or fitness. If you have a busy lifestyle too, do not make insane plans or New Year Resolutions. The goal is to keep yourself more mobile which can be achieved by:
- Working out in a near-by gym, park or a fitness center with a friend or associate for 15-20 minutes each day.
- Investing your money in a good gadget to monitor your activity such as Fitness tracker or Fitbit.
- Reducing your daily calorie intake and incorporation of healthy organic food is itself motivator to incorporate healthy changes in lifestyle.
- Try new exciting regimens instead of same old gym. For example, you can opt for hot yoga, Pilates, bootcamp, bootleg training session or Zumba dancing.
- It is always a good idea to invest some money in getting a cool and hip fitness gear as an incentive to workout.
- If you have a serious medical or health condition, make sure to speak to a healthcare professional before initiating a vigorous regimens.
- Take slow steps and set short achievable goals.
1. Aguilar, M., Bhuket, T., Torres, S., Liu, B., & Wong, R. J. (2015). Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in the United States, 2003-2012. JAMA, 313(19), 1973-1974.
2. Belardinelli, R., Lacalaprice, F., Faccenda, E., Purcaro, A., & Perna, G. (2005). Effects of short-term moderate exercise training on sexual function in male patients with chronic stable heart failure. International journal of cardiology, 101(1), 83-90.
3. Hannan, J. L., Maio, M. T., Komolova, M., & Adams, M. A. (2009). Beneficial impact of exercise and obesity interventions on erectile function and its risk factors. The journal of sexual medicine, 6(S3), 254-261.