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How exercise can help your erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is often caused by underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and anxiety. Therefore, exercise can help you overcome erectile dysfunction or prevent it altogether.

Increased Circulation

Several health conditions can lead to narrowing of your blood vessels and reduced circulation. Blow flow is required to obtain and maintain an erection. When you exercise, your body uses more energy and requires more blood flow. Therefore, exercise can help to improve your circulation, by strengthening your heart and widening your blood vessels.

Strengthening Pelvic Floor Muscles

The bulbocavernosus muscle helps you maintain an erection, by preventing too much blood from leaving the penis. Exercises that strengthen these pelvic floor muscles are often referred to as Kegel exercises. People are generally more familiar with the benefits of Kegel exercises for women, but they can also be really helpful for men too. Kegel exercises can help support your bladder and bowel, but also can be beneficial in maintaining an erection. To do Kegel exercises simply tense the muscles you would use to stop urinating mid-flow or to prevent passing gas. Tense these muscles for 3 seconds, then relax for 3 seconds. Repeat this for 10 reps, 3 times a day. The great thing about Kegel exercises is you can do them anytime, anywhere and no one needs to know.

Combating Underlying Health Problems

Regular exercise can also help overcome the physical health problems associated with erectile dysfunction. High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other problems can lead to ED, but exercise can help to prevent or reduce these issues. Exercise can reduce your weight, reduce your blood glucose (sugar) levels, strengthen your heart and reduce your blood pressure. To maximise these results, combine regular exercise with eating a healthy balanced diet.

Improved Mental Health

Exercise can help you improve your mental health in different ways. Physical activity can be beneficial for relieving stress and anxiety. Even some people with depression find exercise helps them feel better. Certain forms of exercise, such as yoga, can also be beneficial for mental health in other ways, by encouraging mindfulness and physical relaxation.

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