Top reasons getting fit can make women enjoy sex

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Women who frequently exercise become aroused more quickly and are able to orgasm faster and more intensely, a fascinating study reveals.

 

Publishing research on how exercise affects sexual self-esteem, Tina M. Penhollow, PhD, an associate professor of health promotion at Florida Atlantic University, says: “Being physically active seems to be a potent aphrodisiac for women.”

 

According to the study, exercise:

 

Improves libido

 

During a single strength workout, a woman’s body produces higher levels of growth hormone and testosterone, hormones that play a pivotal role in muscle growth and sex drive.

 

Improves self-esteem

 

Women who exercise frequently and report higher levels of personal fitness, are more likely to rate their desirability and sexual performance high above average.

 

Faster arousal

 

Studies have shown that women who frequently exercise become aroused more quickly and are able to orgasm faster and more intensely. University of Texas researchers found that female study participants were more aroused (as indicated by blood flow in genital tissue) while watching a short porn flick after 20 minutes of vigorous cycling than when they watched it without riding beforehand.

 

Helps keep focus

 

Exercise can help sync your mind to your body, as well as quiet your racing brain, so you can focus on the task at hand, stated Lori Brotto, PhD, director of the Sexual Health Laboratory at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

 

Improves breathing

 

Women who take short, quick breaths as they reach climax – rather than holding their breath – may reduce carbon dioxide in the blood, possibly intensifying vaginal contractions. Yoga can help women focus on their breathing, while high-intensity interval training increases lung capacity, ensuring much better breathing control during your pleasurable experience.