We all are aware that exercise has many physical and mental benefits. Participating in regular exercise improves our energy levels and decreases risks of illnesses. Even though we are constantly reminded of it’s benefits, there are some days when we’d much rather stay under the covers than attend a sweaty spin class. However, working out has other benefits that involve doing just that. Here’s something that your doctor isn’t telling you; exercise can improve your sex life.
Let’s think about it. Sweating, grunting and aching the morning after, are similar aspects circling exercise and your sex life. In fact, a number of studies have shown that there is a positive correlation (silent cheer) between regular exercise and performance in the bedroom. Have your favourite NEUapparel leggings at the ready, because the gym is about to get a lot sexier with 5 ways working out can improve your sex life.
(Laura Amy wears the Venus Safari Leggings)
Just like most physical activities, being fit and healthy will enhance your overall performance. Exercising regularly can help improve stamina, strength, balance and physical endurance. It’s also an energy boost, meaning your performance in the bedroom will feel more energetic and ultimately lead to a better sex life.
Makes You Stronger
Working on your strength not only means you are burning more calories, reducing risks of injuries and improving your body composition, but it also allows you to have better posture. Weightlifting is favourable when it comes to improving your sex life, feeling strong in the gym can improve your strength holding different positions. Mark Stibich, behaviour change expert, says, "Sex itself is an intense physical activity requiring strength and endurance. As you exercise, both your strength and endurance will increase, opening the possibility for more varied sexual positions that require greater physical control". It’s true, strong is the new sexy but over training can have the opposite effect by lowering testosterone levels.
Research has found that women who are physically active report greater sexual desire and arousal than women who don’t exercise. Cardiovascular exercise helps pump blood around your body faster, and when you feel excited, blood surges into the clitoral bulbs, making the entire region around the vagina responsive to pleasure. This means those who participate in exercise regularly experience orgasms quickly and intensely.
Lifts Your Mood
As well as physical interest, exercise has benefits that can improve mental health and well-being. For example, working out can help to de-stress, relax, clear thoughts and boost mood. Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this action is often referred to as a runner's high, sexual intercourse can contribute to this same feeling. Exercise benefits can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and sex life.
Lastly, but most importantly, working out helps to keep you in good shape and those who exercise are more likely to have a better body image towards themselves than those who don’t. Feeling good about yourself plays a massive part in sex. It’s important to be comfortable with your body, in fact Mark says, “Being more comfortable with your body leads to better and more relaxed sex.” Furthermore, exercise releases endorphins that correspond confidence, leading surprising benefits in the bedroom.