Sports and Your Libido: How Exercising (Together) Leads to Better Sex
Are you looking for a way to boost your motivation to work out? How about this: couples who work out together not only have more, but better sex. Regular exercise also leads to a better sex life for single people.
Improve your self esteem and self awareness
Exercise and sports are good for your body and your mind. If you feel like you’re in shape and are satisfied with your athletic performance, this satisfaction also affects other parts of your life. One study found that regular physical activities and a higher fitness level make people feel more attractive and energetic. Sports boost self esteem which makes people feel more desirable. This can have a positive effect on sexual performance.
Boost your libido
The benefits don’t stop at self esteem; exercise also increases our libido.
Regular exercise intensifies sexual arousal and physical sensitivity. (1, 2) Sufficient blood flow to the genitals is an important part of sexual desire and the ability to reach an orgasm. Overall circulation improves with better cardiovascular fitness. Plus, when you run, your body releases some of the same hormones it does during sex. Endorphins, also known as “happy hormones,” help relieve pain, lower anxiety, and give you a euphoric feeling. And also not surprising, if you feel better about yourself in general, it improves your sex drive. Not only is the quality of the sex higher, but also the quantity – we become more sexually active. (3)
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Strengthen your relationship and reignite passion
Couples can enjoy all the benefits of exercise in their relationship and sex life. Working out together adds variety to your relationship and builds intimacy and trust. Working up a sweat together and celebrating success releases endorphins and brings you closer together. You get to know each other on a different level – both physically and emotionally. All in all, couples who share hobbies are happier long term, which has a positive influence on their sex lives. (4)
Workouts for better sex
From theory to practice – check out these workouts for every fitness level as well as fun partner workouts:
- Partner Workout for More Motivation
- Partner Workout: 6 Best Abs Exercises
- 15 Best Exercise for Stronger Glutes
- Or put together your own workout: HIIT Workouts, Tabata or Circuit Training: 6 Exercises for Customized Home Workouts