We all know that we should be getting regular exercise for our health. But did you know that exercise is great for your sex life? A recent study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that regular vigorous exercise really helped put the boom boom back in the bedroom.
Cardi-no to Cardi-oh-oh-oh!
The study found that increased cardiovascular exercise, in men and women improved perceived sexual dysfunction. That is, it made desire, arousal, orgasms, and the recovery from sex better.( Fergus KB, et al, 2019)
So that means that problems like low libido, decreased sexual pleasure, and difficulty becoming aroused are actually improved by cardio exercise.
That’s Running, Dancing, Skating, and having fun, right?!
Absolutely! Cardiovascular exercise is exercise that requires your body to to pump increased levels of oxygen around it. Any activity that increases your heart rate up, gets you out of breath and a bit hot and sweaty is perfect.
- Brisk walking
- Playing sports
The list goes on…
So How Much Do I Need?
The Australian Physical activity guidelines state that:
- “Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
- Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
- Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
- Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.” (Australian Government Department of Health, 2019)
So basically, 30 minutes of huffy puffy activity 5 times a week can improve your sex life!
Australian Government Deparment of Health, 2019 Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines and the Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines. Retrieved from https://www1.health.gov.au
Journal of Sexual Health, 2019. Exercise Improves Self-Reported Sexual Function Among Physically Active Adults. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31155388