The beginning of every year sees the start of the "I'm going to join a Gym
and get fit" season that so many guys embark on in
the belief that a buffed body is a walking
billboard for virility, writes Jim Gerard.
OutUK now begins a five part
exploration into sex and exercise to try and confirm the old locker
room assumption that exercise greatly enhances your sexual health. Is it true
that the ultimate bedroom accolade is "sexual athlete" - and not,
say, "sexual accountant."
A recent spate of scientific studies have demonstrated that
1) some of
the declines in male sexual functioning often attributed to age are
actually the result of sedentary living
2) regular, moderate exercise
can help prevent, reduce, or even reverse major sexual problems - from
erectile dysfunction (E.D.), to low libido, in both men and women.
From Matt Roberts Fitness For Life Manual
Results from the 10-year Massachusetts Male Ageing
Study, the largest random-sample investigation ever done of E.D., found a
direct correlation between physical inactivity and a lack of potency.
Sedentary men had the highest risk for impotence, while men who worked
out had the lowest. John McKinlay, an epidemiologist at the New England
Research Institutes in Watertown, Mass., and co-author of several
recent reports based on the study, emphasized the power of exercise. "Of all
the lifestyle factors that were considered - including quitting
cigarettes or alcohol," he says, "the only thing that helped reverse E.D. was
taking a brisk two-mile walk -- or the equivalent -- every day."
EXERCISE AND ERECTIONS
A second study, conducted by at the Harvard School of Public Health,
revealed that men who exercised vigorously for 20-30 minutes a day were
about half as likely to have erection problems as their inert brethren.
And the Harvard scientists discovered that as a man's waist size
increased, so did his chance of becoming Mr. E.D.
At the University of California at San Diego, a study of 78 sedentary
but healthy middle- aged men proved that those who started working out
vigorously (3-4 times a week, for 60 minutes per session) reported more
frequent sexual activity and orgasms, more reliable function during
sex, and a higher percentage of satisfying orgasms. (I'm no scientist, but
is there such a thing as an unsatisfying orgasm?)
Exercise and Sex Continues
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