Exercise and Sex Drive: The Unexpected Impact of exercise on Sex drive

It’s been quite a while since my last post. Sincerest apologies for that. To make up for this, I’m going to pacify you with a very interesting post (I think it is anyways). Even if you think you don’t need this, you’re probably going to read out of curiosity, and well, anyone who is or plans to be having sex anytime in the future ought to know the stuff I’ll be mentioning. We all know there are many benefits to exercising, which I plan to delve into singularly in my subsequent posts. But for this post, I’m going to talk about the effects exercise has on your sex drive. Exercise has a positive effect on the sex drive of both men and women, this effect is both physiological and psychological as revealed by several studies.

For those who work out, I’m sure you’re perceptible to the feeling of confidence and sexiness during and after workout which is normally quite unexpected. This is generally true for both sexes.( For those who don’t exercise at all, you’d want to try it and get a taste of this feeling…it’s absolutely smashing!) Exercising does have a significant effect on sex drive, and in my opinion a better and lasting alternative if you’re looking to pump some action into your sex life.

Basically, exercise increases blood flow throughout your body, more so to your brain and genital area. It also results in the increase in the release of endorphins. Endorphins are a chemical neurotransmitter produced naturally in the brain. It is normally produced and released when we eat certain foods, exercise, listen to some genres of music or when in love. It has been shown to result in the feeling of euphoria which is one of the reasons why we mostly get addicted to activities that result in the release of endorphins. Additionally, it results in reduction of stress, increase in sexual arousal and help in reducing pain.

So How Exactly does Exercise boost sex drive?


Builds capacity and foundation for a better sexual performance;

If you’ve had sex before, you’ll agree on the fact that it’s no small feat (unless of course you’re being lazy about it or have no idea what you’re doing). For those who work out, you’ll begin to unconsciously wonder which is more demanding, 30 minutes on the treadmill or sex. It goes without saying that sex is an intense physical activity that has strength and endurance as a prerequisite. And exercising is one of the few ways to build your strength and endurance, as well as increasing your flexibility which is essential for some exotic positions. This coupled with the fact that exercising increases blood flow to genital area will give you the best foundation to a better sexual performance whether you’re a male or female. This is especially true for the older generation as the young folks can normally get aroused at the bat of an eyelid. The trend is changing nowadays though, with increase in sedentary lifestyles and obesity, more younger people are having problems with their sex lives.


Confidence and higher self esteem leads to a greater sex drive;

How you feel about yourself and your body can significantly affect how you feel towards the opposite sex and your sex life. Studies show that people who exercise regularly have a better and improved body image over those that do not. As the saying goes, feeling sexy is a big part of sex. For most people, knowing that they are taking a conscious effort at their health and fitness by exercising builds up their confidence and makes them feel more comfortable in their bodies.


3 ingredients to an increased sex drive- endorphins, adrenaline and testosterone;

Endorphins, as I mentioned earlier results in an increase in sexual arousal and is released and produced as a result of exercise.Adrenaline is normally released alongside endorphins and have a similar effect. Testosterone has been shown to elevate in both males and females involved in weight training. Higher testosterone levels results in heightened sexual arousal and higher energy levels among others. These 3 together become a potent cocktail in increasing sex drive. A study conducted in 2010 out of the University of Texas revealed a relationship between  moderate exercise and physiological sexual arousal in females. It was discovered that moderate exercise did increase genital response to erotic stimuli in women.


Several studies have proven the effects of exercise on sex drive. Some people when experiencing problems with their sex life, will more often than not go in for ‘quick fix’ medications and what nots which more often than not, have their side effects. But one of the most natural ways of boosting your sex drive is by exercising.  So for couples in a healthy (and legal) relationship, if you’ve probably never been sure of why you should even take the initiative to exercise, this is one more reason for you to.

Thanks for reading, and I would love to have your feedback…Drop your comments and questions below, and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.


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