Going to the gym is turning out to be my hobby lately and I love the progress. You know the basic objective of exercise is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, right? It forms a great gizmo for the development of the muscle strength, fitness, mind-body coordination as well as stress relief. However there is more to sex that most people don’t know about, its effects on libido.

What Is Libido?

Libido is defined as interest in sex. A drop in libido can happen at any time, develop gradually over the course of years or occur suddenly. And there are many potential physical and psychological causes to a decrease libido including:

  • Marital or relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Sexual fears or guilt
  • Past sexual trauma
  • Certain diseases
  • Drugs – alcohol, nicotine, narcotics, stimulants, blood pressure lowering medications, antihistamines, and some drugs used to treat anxiety and/or depression (especially Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft)
  • Endocrine disorder
  • Hormonal fluctuations – a drop in estrogen in women or testosterone (men and women.
  • Fatigue, stress, anxiety
  • Lack of sexual excitement or pleasure
  • Painful intercourse.
  • Sexual problems

How Bodybuilding Can Help You Increase Your Libido

Leads to release of hormones that are significant for sex drive

Besides possibly enhancing your self-image which is actually sexy in itself, exercise leads to the release of certain chemicals known as endorphins. The secretion of this chemical is believed to lead to a consequent release of hormones that heighten a person’s sex urge.

Reduces stress, major sex drive inhibitor

When men and women exercise, they are able to significantly have some stress relief on their part. It is important to have yourself relaxed and with a clear mind if it means having a buildup on your libido. Stress forms a major sex drive inhibitor leading many to under-perform underneath those sheets.

Stimulates genital blood flow

Men greatly require this for their libido as it enhances erectile capacity and improves on orgasms. Women are also not left out on this as it also increases blood flow to their vagina and clitoris making that low libido a thing of the past.

Builds up positivity

When you get that body into shape you love yourself more. This applies to both men and women. Having a positive self-image is vital to self-confidence and self-assurance in the bedroom. Studies have found that having a decrease in testosterone considerably reflected negative mood states relating to depression, fatigue and self-esteem. This state of negativity lowers the libido and that is why exercise is more advocated as it helps curb this situation.

A positive self-perception is quite impactful to women especially as it makes them feel more desirable leading them to have better sexual performances and greater interest in sex.

The strength and energy you gain from exercising can also be very important as it improves your vigor in bed as well as makes both partners become more flexible making sex more satisfying. So every time you head for the gym, don’t just think about your abs, think also of the positive effects it has on your sexual life. This can lead to a better sexual relationship with your partner, try it!


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