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Cardio Could Boost Your Sex Life!

Cardio Could Boost Your Sex Life!You probably know that physical activity is good for your health. New research suggests that adding some cardiovascular exercise to your fitness routine could be good for your sex life.

A recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found a connection between “cardio” and reduced risk of sexual dysfunction.

Cardio exercise (sometimes called aerobic exercise) is physical activity that increases your heart rate. Running, jogging, brisk walking, cycling, swimming, dancing, and aerobics classes at the gym are all examples of cardio.

The study involved 3,906 men and 2,264 women who were active cyclists, runners, and swimmers in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. Some exercised for fun, but others took part in competitions. All participants completed questionnaires about their sexual health.

The researchers found that men who exercised more rigorously were less likely to have erectile dysfunction. For women, more cardio was associated with fewer sexual problems.

No one form of exercise seemed to be better than the other, the authors said.

Why does it help? Cardio exercise keeps our heart strong and our blood pumping. It helps prevent other health conditions that can lead to sexual problems, like diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, and depression. And it can make you feel good about yourself.

If you’d like to increase your cardio, talk to your doctor about the best plan for you. Then, choose an activity that you’ll enjoy, whether it’s a solitary run through the park or a Zumba class with friends!

Resources

The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Fergus, Kirkpatrick B., BA, et al.

“Exercise Improves Self-Reported Sexual Function Among Physically Active Adults”

(Full-text article in press. Published online: May 30, 2019)

https://www.jsm.jsexmed.org/article/S1743-6095(19)31164-6/fulltext

MedicineNet.com

Weil, Richard, MEd, CDE

“Aerobic Exercise”

(Reviewed: May 7, 2019)

https://www.medicinenet.com/aerobic_exercise/article.htm