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Three Exercises to Boost Sex Drive

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Three Exercises to Boost Sex Drive
You can boost your sex drive. Photo Credit Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images

According to a study done at the University of Texas, women who had finished 20 minutes of cardio exercise were more subjectively and objectively aroused from seeing an erotic film than a similar group of women who had not exercised. This means that even after one workout session, your body gets aroused faster and more intensely. Another study at the University of California showed that men who exercised for 1 hour at least 3 times per week had sex more often, performed better sexually and were happier with their sex lives than they were before they began exercising.

Scientists have several explanations for exercise improving your sex drive. First, endurance exercise like swimming and cross-country skiing boosts your stamina. Second, you can become more flexible through aerobic and gymnastic exercise. Third, exercise of any type can prevent you from cramping up during orgasm. Finally, exercise causes the release of endorphins into the limbic and prefrontal areas of the brain, as proven by a 2008 study. The increased level of endorphins may also influence the buildup of hormones that power your libido. Endorphins also reduce stress, which is a major sex drive inhibitor.

Exercise provides a psychological boost, as well. Regular exercise leads to a higher self-esteem. As you become more fit, you feel more confident and enjoy sex more. Behavior therapist Patricia Esperson at Duke University believes that exercising also puts you more in touch with your physical body and enables you to feel more sexual, as opposed to the sense of detachment you have if you are ashamed of your body.

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