A growing body of evidence substantiates the view that regular exercise may enhance sexuality through various mechanisms that affect both the mind and body. Regular exercise can enhance sexuality through the benefits gained in muscle strength, endurance and heart functioning. Research indicates that regular exercise may increase sexual drive, sexual activity and sexual satisfaction.
Results of one study reported that women were more sexually responsive following 20 minutes of vigorous exercise.1 Among men, exercise is linked with increased testosterone (male hormone) levels, which may stimulate sexual interest and behavior. Another study found that men over 50 years of age, who are physically active, had a 30% lower risk of impotence when compared with inactive men.2 Frequent exercise and higher levels of physical fitness seem to improve perception of sexual performance and sexual desirability.
Exercise frequency and physical fitness increase energy levels and enhance attractiveness, which make people feel better about themselves.3 Therefore, people who regularly exercise have a better perception of themselves, are more confident in their physical abilities, and find themselves more sexually attractive— all of which add to increased competency in love making. Conditioning of the body and its muscle groups allow for greater flexibility, making sexual activity more enjoyable. These people also experience higher levels of satisfaction.
- Stanten, N, Yeager S. Four Workouts to Improve Your Love Life. Prevention. 2003; 55: 76–78.
- Bacon CG, Mittleman MA, Kawachi I. Sexual Function in Men Older than 50 Years of Age: Results from the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study. Ann Intern Med. 2003; 139: 161–168.
- Penhollow TM, Young M. Sexual Desirability and Sexual Performance: Does Exercise and Fitness Really Matter? Electronic J Hum Sexuality. 2004; 7.