EX­ER­CIS­ING FOR A BET­TER EREC­TION

THE FIRM IM­POR­TANCE OF THE RE­LA­TION­SHIP BE­TWEEN SEX AND EX­ER­CISE – AS DE­TAILED BY AN AC­TUAL DOC­TOR, BRAD MCKAY.

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Know this, men: erec­tile func­tion is in­flu­enced by a num­ber of fac­tors – with phys­i­cal fit­ness be­ing the big­gest. This means reg­u­lar gym rou­tines will help im­prove your fit­ness, lift your mood and in­crease your sex­ual drive. Put sim­ply, ex­er­cise en­hances your body, brain and balls. Pump­ing iron raises testos­terone lev­els, and burn­ing fat has the added ben­e­fit of de­creas­ing oe­stro­gen – so you get fit­ter, health­ier and also sweat your way to a bet­ter sex life. Your li­bido de­te­ri­o­rates when ex­er­cise stops, be­cause if your body isn’t feel­ing tip-top, your pe­nis won’t be ei­ther. How­ever, this doesn’t mean that more ex­er­cise al­ways equals bet­ter sex. Over­train­ing can be just as detri­men­tal to your sex life as do­ing noth­ing. Se­ri­ous weight train­ing dam­ages mus­cles and if your arms are too sore to mas­tur­bate, sex isn’t go­ing to be easy. And don’t be self­ish – if you’re over­do­ing it with bar­bells, your part­ner will be miss­ing out too. For these rea­sons, it’s im­por­tant to hit that sweet spot where you’re ex­hausted from the gym, but not too tired to tango. There’s also a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion, es­pe­cially in guys who play com­pet­i­tive sport, that sex is an en­ergy stealer. It’s why many ath­letes have been told to avoid a sex ses­sion be­fore a big match – but this isn't backed by sci­ence. The av­er­age roll in the hay is es­ti­mated to only ex­pend the same amount of en­ergy as climb­ing two flights of stairs. You might emit a warm glow if you’ve just had a quickie be­fore run­ning on the field, but an or­gasm the night be­fore is not go­ing to tire you out the next day – though it will de­crease your weight by a few ejac­u­lated grams. While sex won’t af­fect your over­all en­ergy lev­els, it can af­fect a per­son psy­cho­log­i­cally. If you’ve al­ways been told to avoid sex be­cause it will de­crease your per­for­mance, then it prob­a­bly will. How­ever, if you be­lieve sex will set­tle nerves and give you a bet­ter sleep be­fore a big event, then you’re on to a win­ner. At the end of the day, reg­u­lar ex­er­cise not only gives you rock-hard abs, but as­sists in se­cur­ing a rock-hard erec­tion. And re­mem­ber, sex is like sport – prac­tice makes per­fect.

Dr Brad Mckay is the host of Em­bar­rass­ing Bod­ies Down Un­der; dr­bradm­ckay.com.au

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