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Does going to gym or lifting heavy weight makes sex drive less?

Mar 2013
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does going to gym... or lifting heavy weight... makes our sex drive less?
Posted Thu, 17 Oct 2013 in Pregnancy
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 32 minutes later
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Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
Exercise favourably impacts the sex drive.
Studies have shown that men who exercise for 30 - 45 minutes per day, three to five days a week, experience significantly enhanced sexual performance, in terms of increased frequency and quality of sexual experiences.
Regular exercise improves your stamina and fitness, improves your cardiovascular health, reduces stress levels, helps in keeping your weight under check and maintaining an ideal BMI.
It improves your body self image, improves your strength, endurance and flexibility during sex, and increases blood flow to the genital area.
Moderate and intelligent exercising increases testosterone levels in the body, leading to more frequent erections,increasing sexual urges, better bone density, greater mass and muscular strength .
This exercise can include lifting weights and strength training but in moderation.
However, over exercising can kill your libido.
It is always better to vary your exercise routine instead of sticking to just the indoor gym.
Try running outside, hiking, yoga, meditation , swimming etc.
Do not exercise more than 150 minutes a week ( space it out to 30 minutes 5 days a week ).
Try and keep the target heart rate upto 140 beats per minute and not more for at a stretch of not more than 10 - 15 minutes.
Take breaks while exercising.
Over doing it, and using artificial body building supplements which contain hormones, would affect the libido.
Make sure you eat a healthy diet containing good amount of proteins, fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables etc.
All the best.
Please feel free to ask for further clarifications.

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