The greatest boost to putting a little pizzazz back into your sex life is to increase your overall circulation. If you can boost the blood flow to your heart and other muscles, you’ll also improve the circulation to your sexual glands as well.
And there is no better way to boost circulation, hormone levels and self-image than a good 30-minute run. Without a shadow of a doubt, vigorous exercise has proven to significantly increase hormone levels and circulation in older men and women. Men’s testosterone levels are elevated after only 30 minutes of running which can pay big dividends in your sex life by helping stop erection problems – not to mention your life as elevated testosterone will also provide you some protection against strokes.
Now, certainly as men age erectile dysfunction becomes a primary concern, but once again running (or even walking) means men are at least 30 percent less likely to suffer from it. The prescription? Just 30 minutes of running or walking four or five times a week will offer you some protection.
Since erectile dysfunction is often a warning sign of heart disease, there is no better way to combat that (and weight issues) than running or walking. But it must be sufficiently vigorous and energizing to get you fit and healthy.
Fit men and women also have fewer sexual problems as they age. Both men and women are usually more responsive to sexual arousal after 20-30 minutes of exercise. So clearly, as you age, exercise is a must.
It doesn’t matter which type of exercise you do – as long as you do something which is aerobic and vigorous. Running or walking works as does skiing, swimming, cycling, tennis – just about anything that gets you invigorated and energized.
The other huge benefit of running or walking is it elevates your mood and can lift you out of depression which is a major problem with aging Americans. A regular running or walking schedule done at least four or five times a week for 30 minutes or more is one of the best ways to beat hypertension and reduce any anxieties you might have that could be preventing you from having a healthy sex life.
Why exercise works is it effects the brain in a positive way which elevates your mood. That’s why runners or walkers who for some reason can’t exercise often find themselves in a mild funk. They are simply used to an elevated, positive mood which is at least partially due to their activities.
You may have noticed that runners and walkers tend to be the types of people who are “up” people. They are active and tend to be positive because running and walking are activities with a positive achievement factor. They are the type of people who deal with stress well because they have a strong heart, healthy circulation and their brains are flooded with all sorts of positive, naturally produced chemicals. Rather than feeling tired and down, they tend to have plenty of energy and are constantly looking for new, exciting challenges.
Sounds good? You bet it is. Exercise is the key to a healthier, happier life with a boost in your sex life. The benefits of regular exercise are profound and almost immediate. Within a month of beginning a regular running or walking program, you’ll feel like a different person because you are.
If you’ve never done much in the way of exercise and want to get started, it’s never too late. We prescribe running or walking as the most efficient, easiest form of aerobic exercise. Just 30 minutes a day will improve the quality of your life as well as add years to it.