At this point in your life, chances are good that you know that, technically, exercise is good for you. You probably know that exercise can reduce your chance of getting certain diseases, improve your bloodflow, and possibly make you live longer. But I would also wager that you’re also kind of meh about exercising. Exercise is probably something that feels like a requirement, not a choice to you–you know, something you have to do at soccer practice or for a participation grade in gym class. Whatever. But if you’re looking for some motivation to exercise, doing so has actually been proven to improve your sex life.
Obviously, massively improved sex won’t happen as soon as you start exercising. You’re not going to go on a quick jog and return as a new and improved sex goddess–but there are some super cool benefits that you’ll see right away. So, the next time someone asks you, “Anyway, how’s your sex life?” you know you’ll have a good answer. Need any more convincing? Didn’t think so. Check out these weird ways that exercising can help improve your sex life:
Increased FlexibilityIf you do yoga, pilates, or any other exercise that focuses on flexibility, you can rest assured knowing that this flexibility carries over in pretty much any aspect of your life. Including sex! Flexibility can help you get into different positions, prevent your legs from cramping up if you're switching positions, and actually make it easier for you to access your G-spot. Image source: iStock
Improved Self-ConfidenceIf you're feeling self-conscious or insecure, the last thing you probably want to do is have sex. This is fine, obviously--you don't need to have sex if you don't want to--but if you do want to have sex and find that self-consciousness is holding you back, exercising might help. Regular exercise has been proven to help with self esteem, which makes sense--if you know that your body is strong and capable of running for a certain amount of time or lifting a certain amount of weight, you'll appreciate it more, no matter what you look like. So if you're getting in a few jogs or spin classes (or even just walks around the block) here and there, you should feel much more confident and secure in bed. And that's the most important thing! Image source: iStock
Improved Cardiovascular FlowOkay, so, better bloodflow. What's the big deal? Pretty big, actually--exercising increases blood flow to all regions of your body, including your genitals. This causes something called "vasocongestion," which is a swelling of the vaginal walls, labia and clitoris, which increases sensitivity down there and can lead to more intense orgasms. Image source: iStock
Increased LibidoAny kind of cardiovascular exercise--like running, biking, swimming, or dancing--gets the blood moving and increases endorphins, which make you feel happier. This, in turn, can help increase your general desire to have sex. So, if you've been feeling a little "meh" about sex in general, do a quick workout--you might be surprised by how you feel afterwards. Image source: iStock
Stronger Hip ThrustsAccording to Women's Health, doing squats will improve the strength in your glutes and hip flexors, which will lead to stronger hip thrusts, and, as a result, stronger orgasms. Cool! (And if you're worried that your thrusts will be too strong for your partner but you won't be able to tell, don't--doing squats won't turn you into the Hulk. You'll be able to tell if your movements are too intense.) Image source: iStock
Better StaminaIf you find that you get tired out during sex, you might want to try exercising. Pretty much any type of exercise--strengthening, cardiovascular, whatever--will help improve your stamina in bed, since your body will already be used to some sort of strenuous activity. Image source: iStock
Balanced HormonesIf you have a high level of estrogen--the female hormone--in the body, this can make it harder to get and maintain a feeling of arousal. Exercising, however, has been proven to help regulate these hormone levels, which can help you maintain your libido. (As well as your menstrual cycle.) Obviously, if your hormones are super out of wack, you'll need to get them sorted out with a doctor. But it's worth trying some exercise, too, to see if that helps. Image source: iStock
Were you surprised by any of these facts? Which ones? Let us know in the comments!