People who are in better physical condition experience greater physical intimacy, also! That’s the finding of a new study that says higher levels of aerobic exercise can improve sexual performance, stamina, and desire in men and women who are active. Aerobic exercise brings better cardiovascular fitness. That means blood flow improves throughout the body, including in our sexual zones. And for the study participants, more exercise brought more benefit, researchers found. For example, among the fit group of people who participated, vigorous running reduced the risk of sexual disfunction by 25 percent for men and 30 percent for women.
The survey, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, jibes with other evidence showing how physical activity and other lifestyle factors “may offer some protection against sexual problems” that are common later in life, another study reports. “To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.” Studies also show that many people over 50 continue to have both an interest in sex and an active level of participation. The Mayo Clinic even adds that “many older couples report greater satisfaction” because of fewer distractions, more time and privacy, and no worries about pregnancy.
“Contrary to common myths, sex isn’t just for the young. Many seniors continue to enjoy their sexuality into their 80s and beyond,” the clinic says. “A healthy sex life not only is fulfilling but also is good for other aspects of your life, including your physical health and self-esteem.”