Deadlifts, lateral pulldowns, 30 minutes on the stairmaster, back-to-back circuits of 10-minute abs – do the ideas of these make you shiver in fear?
Now, isn’t that term even scarier?
See, for better or for worse, exercise is a wonderful thing and tremendously improves our quality life if practiced correctly and consistently. Beyond improving our sex lives (yes, you can truly exercise yourself to better sex), working out comes with a number of benefits important to our overall quality of health, happiness, and satisfaction.
Without sounding too cheesy, exercise is honestly like the Earth’s medicine… but only we can prescribe it to ourselves (and keep refilling the prescription, that is). While the couch and our remote are great companions, they’re not going to help get our lazy butts out of the Lay-Z-Boy and back into the groove.
Still not motivated to kick yourself into high gear? Check out the following ways exercise benefits your overall quality of life (each of these is based on performing a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five days a week):
Peace out depression and anxiety
Have you ever noticed that you can start an exercise feeling down, stressed, and anxious, but by the end of it, your spirits are higher? It’s no coincidence! Though a lap around the track probably won’t solve serious emotional difficulties, research shows a strong link between regular exercise and improved mood.
Aerobic exercise prompts the release of mood-lifting hormones in both men and women which relieve stress and promote well-being. It also literally changes the chemistry of the brain, causing the release of GABA, a neurotransmitter that quiets brain activity and anxiety. In addition, the rhythmic muscle contractions that take place in almost all types of exercise increase levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which combats negative feelings. Hello happy!
Your muscles grow, and so does your immunity
Though it might be a bit more obvious, regular exercise can help reduce your risk of certain serious health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Various cancers
It also boosts your immune system, decreasing the chance of developing more common illnesses, such as flus and colds. (A recent study, shows colds lasted 43% longer for people who exercised once a week at maximum).
Workout, then take a nap
Not one; not two; but exercise improves three important aspects of sleep. Exercise helps you:
- Fall asleep faster
- Spend more time in deep sleep
- Awaken less during the night
Actually, believe it or not, exercise is the only proven way for healthy adults to boost the amount of deep sleep they get, which is essential for the body to renew and repair itself. Beat that, sleeping pills (hint: you can’t!).
It (just might) make you smarter
Studies show that working out can lessen the severity of memory loss in older adults. Additionally, it decreases the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Regular exercise can positively impact the brain functions of younger people, so even if you thought you had some time to spare before going to the gym become ‘necessary,’ think again! Studies show that exercise improves executive function – the general brain processes including:
How does this happen? Exercise increases blood flow throughout the brain, which improves the vitality of its functions. And while all types of physical activity help keep your mind sharp, many studies suggest that aerobic exercise, in particular, improves cognitive function.
Regular exercise slows the natural decline in physical functions that occurs as you age. By staying active, older adults can actually keep their fitness, metabolism, and muscle function in line with those of much younger people.
Improves sex life
And now… to the real reason we put up with exercising.
Both libido and performance benefit from moderate to vigorous exercise. In fact, men who exercised 30 minutes a day were 41 percent less likely than inactive men to experience erectile dysfunction. Exercise, and we mentioned earlier, increases blood flow, which in turn accelerates feelings of arousal and stronger orgasms. So it’s true, working out can be translated into better sex if you’re looking to intensify or improve your physical experience of sex.
Add increased heart rate, breathing, and muscle activity into the mix with that increased blood flow, and the key to enhancing sexual satisfaction is totally within reach.
And let’s not count out the women either, our swole-mates. In one recent study, 20 minutes of cycling boosted women’s sexual arousal by 169 percent. 169!! Now there’s a reason for our ladies to join us as the gym!
Keep in mind though, you may still need some extra help, and nothing goes along better with a consistent exercise regimen and healthy lifestyle than the boost that Dr. Seltzer’s Hard-On Helper delivers. After all, the rock-hard hard-ons that Dr. Seltzer’s supplies are only enhanced (even more!) with a healthy lifestyle.
There’s no time like the present to get your ass off the couch! And if you’ve read this article all the way through, we have a feeling you’ll agree. Sure, cracking open a cold one and flipping the ottoman open is quite a bit easier to do… but the benefits of hitting the gym are undeniable.
Set a goal to hit the gym at least five days per week at 30 minutes per day, and even if you’re not ready to start at that point, aim to work up to it. You got this!