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29th Jun 2012

How Hitting the Gym Could Improve Your Sex Life

Women, if you've been trying to get himself off the sofa and into the gym, here's a good incentive...


Women, if you’ve been trying to encourage the man in your life to start looking after his health, then maybe you should print off the following article and make him read it.

Why, you ask? Well the Daily Mail reports that new research has revealed that men who hit the gym to get rid of those extra pounds caused by middle age actually get a boost in the bedroom department. Now, if that isn’t incentive to get him on the treadmill, we don’t know what is!

The results of a medical study carried out by some of our very own doctors from St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin revealed that as well as helping men to trim down their beer bellies, men in their late forties and fifties who exercise also experience a major boost in their sex drive, a higher sperm count and some eh…harder erections. Lovely.

The study itself focussed on 900 men who were also taking part in a US diabetes prevention programme. The volunteers were split into three groups and told that they would receive a year’s worth of treatments designed to help them reduce their chances of developing diabetes.

One group was told to change their lifestyle by adopting a healthy diet and exercising for at least twenty minutes a day. One group was given a diabetes drug and the final group was given a placebo.

The group that engaged in a diet change and increased their activity levels through exercise found they not only lost weight (reducing their chance of developing diabetes), they also received a boost when it came to their sex drive as their testosterone levels increased.

“Doctors should first encourage overweight men with low testosterone levels to try to lose weight through diet and exercise before resorting to testosterone therapy to raise their hormone levels,” said Dr Frances Hayes from St Vincent’s Hospital.

“Losing weight not only reduces the risk of pre-diabetic men progressing to diabetes but also appears to increase their body’s production of testosterone,” she added.

So there you have it ladies, not only will exercise help him stave off illnesses like diabetes, it will also give him more energy, help him lose weight and make him friskier between the sheets. It sounds like a win-win situation to us. Now…how much is a couples’ gym pass?