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In case you didn’t know: Exercise boosts your sex drive

As it turns out, both can work and will get your blood pumping.

In Summary

•It can lead to improved erections for men and better orgasms for women.

•Remember, balance is key to everything, exercise, plus a good diet and mental health is equals to a good sex drive.

It is cold outside and you are probably debating whether to get to that workout or just cuddle in bed with your loved one.

Sex drive, or libido, refers to a person's desire to engage in sexual activity. It normally may decrease due to pre-existing relationship problems. Here, the first thing you should consider is whether you are happy in your relationship.

Other factors like Stress, anxiety and exhaustion, depression, drug and alcohol use, old age, hormonal problems, pregnancy, and contraceptives may also impact your drive.

Studies have however gone to prove that regular exercising is good for both women's and men’s sex drive.

As it turns out, both can work and will get your blood pumping.

The link between sex drive and exercising:

A happy woman
A happy woman
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  1. It boosts body image

They say if you look good, you feel good. Exercising regularly generally boosts your self-confidence. When you do squats and get a nice butt, you feel good about it and this, might in turn increase your sexual desire.

Being fit is not necessarily about the looks, it's about how we feel, are we healthy and strong?

  1. It increases circulation

Study shows that sex not only increases blood flow in your body, but it also increases blood flow in sensitive areas.

When you exercise, your heart contracts faster, increasing the rate at which blood circulates in your body.

  1. It reduces stress

Working out puts you in a better mood. This is because partaking in physical activity produces endorphins, a group of hormones that act as a natural pain reliever making you feel happier.

And when you are happy, your sex drive surely benefits.

  1. It increases your stamina

Working out helps to build and increase endurance over certain tasks.

Regular working out will help you enjoy your enhanced sex drive over a long period of time and you do not get tired easily

Mama Fitness Kenya manager Nancy Kavua takes the women through stretch workout
Mama Fitness Kenya manager Nancy Kavua takes the women through stretch workout
Image: Douglas Okiddy
  1. It helps strengthen your muscles

Regular exercises are good for both women and men. For example, doing planks and pushups will strengthen your abdomen and arms, letting you go for long, without getting tired.

Doing Kegels regularly help strengthen your pelvic muscles and work for both men and women.

This can lead to improved erections for men and better orgasms for women.

When to stop:

However, a new study shows that there is a relationship between excessive exercise levels and low testosterone levels.

The team of researchers concluded many of the men reporting low sex drive were too tired to have sex or had just become uninterested.

They also found that men who exercise for shorter periods of time wanted more sex.

Remember, balance is key to everything, exercise, plus a good diet and mental health are equals to a good sex drive.

Seek medical attention from professionals to know where the issue might be.