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