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Exercise and Sexual Health

Many men are unaware of the deep connection between overall health and their sexual performance. Sexual health and performance is not a stand alone entity, and is directly related to your overall nutrition, as well as cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, and mental health. Although many men (and most women) tend to think that a man’s penis operates as a separate entity all it’s own – the fact is that everything else in your body needs to be working well for your penis to operate at peak performance.

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Hence, premature ejaculation can involve several aspects of your overall health, and you may need to consider that many facets of health can play a roll in male sexual performance and premature ejaculation issues. Mental health and underlying psychological factors can also play a significant role in premature ejaculation – and too much stress can not only help lead to early ejaculation, it can also lead to erectile dysfunction and other performance issues.

Regular exercise can improve virtually every aspect of male sexual performance, and can play a significant role in reducing or reversing erectile dysfunction (ED).  Physically active men may also have fewer symptoms of an enlarged prostate, a common condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Men with BPH often have to urinate frequently, or have a weak stream. Men with more severe BPH symptoms may also have a low libido, trouble keeping an erection, and enjoy sex less.

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Exercise can help you feel more confident and energized both in and out of the bedroom, which can improve sex. When you feel good about yourself, and about how your partner sees you physically, you’re going to be more relaxed and less distracted. To help reduce the chances of both erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, try to get exercise 3-4 times a week – even if it’s as simple as a 30-minute walk. A healthy body is the first step toward a healthy sex life. Don’t underestimate the importance of exercise for good sexual health.

The biggest boost exercise can give to your sex life is to lower your risk of erectile dysfunction, says Jorge Chavarro, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health. “Exercise that helps open the arteries to benefit your heart will also increase blood flow to the penis,” he says.

One Harvard study of more than 31,000 men found that physically active men over age 50 were less likely to be impotent than inactive men. The exercisers had better erections, and those who were most active saw the most benefit.

But even moderate levels of exercise, like a brisk 30-minute walk most days of the week, lowered the risk of ED. Other research suggests that many men with ED may even reverse their symptoms by getting fit.

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