Hit the Gym to Spark Your Sex Drive

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We are all aware that working out is essential for maintaining a healthy mind and body. Even by knowing and understanding the facts about why we should exercise at least three times a week, it can still be a struggle to get the courage to go to the gym. However, have you ever considered working out as something that can improve your sex drive? If not, consider it now because after reading these facts about exercise and sex, you'll be packing up your gym bag ready to try an intense workout.

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According to an article in Oxygen Magazine, timing is everything when it comes to boosting your arousal. Working out improves your sexual stimulation by boosting the activity in your sympathetic nervous system (the system that prepares you to respond to any kind of arousal). So for example, performing a cardio workout can increase arousal up to 10 minutes after your workout. If you're worried about having sweaty sex literally right after you go for run, don't worry; strength training is a different story — it can increase arousal for up to 45 minutes. Just enough time to go home and take a quick shower before having the best sex with hubby.

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However great those stats sound, it's a little unrealistic to time your sexual activity so closely to your workouts. So don't feel like you have to jump into bed right after a workout to feel these arousal effects. Psychology Today says that the releasing of endorphins helps to improve your sex life as well. Endorphins are stimulating, and make you feel great inside and out, improving your mood, which can result in an increased sex drive.

Along with endorphins, working out typically makes us feel better about our bodies in general, and having a positive self body image can lead to confidence in the bedroom. So, if you're looking for ways to improve your sex life, try going to gym and getting your workout on. You may be surprised by the results!

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