Erectile Dysfunction Cure Exercise: 5 Exercises for Men Struggling with Impotence in 2018
One of the most frustrating health struggles a man can face in his life is struggling to achieve and maintain an erection. This is known as erectile dysfunction (ED) and most men experience it at some point in their lifetime.
Erectile dysfunction can be triggered by a number of different factors. Sometimes it’s an emotional issue or caused by stress and ED is a secondary symptom of the problem. Once a man works through his emotional struggles or things in his life change in general, the physical issue of ED often goes away.
In other cases, it’s a medical issue causing ED and though the primary issue has nothing to do with the penis or sexual health, these things are affected because of problems elsewhere in the body. Some of the most common health issues linked to erectile dysfunction include diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. There is also a link to testosterone levels and if a man’s testosterone is lower than it should be, it can affect his erection.Furthermore, as testosterone seems to decrease with age, ED is a bigger issue for older men.
It’s also possible that circulation problems, nerve damage, and fluctuations in hormones can have an effect on sexual performance.
The most common treatment people think of when considering issues with erectile dysfunction is Viagra. This drug has been commonly used for treating ED for about two decades and most people consider it safe and effective. However, there are other things that can be done to alleviate the problem. Many natural remedies exist and one of the best remedies that also offers a variety of other health benefits is exercise.
According to one study carried out in the United Kingdom found that performing certain pelvic exercises helped about 40 percent of men suffering from ED. Not only do these exercises help restore the ability to enjoy a normal sex life, they’re also effective for treating other pelvic health issues, including incontinence.
1. What Are Pelvic Floor Exercises?
Pelvic floor exercises are often suggested for women after they’ve given birth or in general to help with sexual function but these exercises can be just as beneficial for men. They are commonly referred to as Kegel exercises.
In men, pelvic floor exercises strengthen the bulbocavernosus muscle, which is responsible for three things:
- It allows for blood engorgement of the penis during an erection
- It promotes pumping during the ejaculation phase
- It ensures the urethra empties after urination
Strong pelvic floor muscles prevent dribbling after urination and improve your overall sexual experience, so not only will you be able to better achieve an erection, sex will actually feel better for you because of the strengthened muscles.
How to Perform Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor exercises are easy to do and can be performed just about anywhere. In order to locate the muscles that make up the pelvic floor, try stopping your stream of urination when going to the bathroom. The muscles you use to do this are the same ones you’ll be flexing when doing pelvic floor exercises.
Once you’ve found the muscles you need to work, squeeze them and hold them taught for five seconds. Relax and repeat up to 20 times. If you can’t finish an entire repetition of 20 at once that’s fine. Do as many as you can and work your way up to that number of reps over time.
You can do this up to three times per day without anyone even knowing you are doing it. It’s also a good idea to try working the muscles in different positions, so you can do it while you’re lying in bed and also while you’re sitting up.
When flexing the muscle, it’s important not to hold your breath or use other muscles to push the flex. It can be challenging to remove your buttocks, stomach, or thighs from the equation, but just targeting the pelvic floor will give you the best result.
2. Cardiovascular Exercise
It makes sense that improving muscles strength in the area around your penis would improve sexual performance and reduce problems with erectile dysfunction, but did you know that cardiovascular or aerobic exercise and also offer improvement?
This is because blood flow and circulation are so important for sexual health. As a matter of fact, anything that affects circulation will put you at a higher risk for experience ED. This is why people who are overweight, have diabetes or heart health issues or suffer from vascular disease are more likely to have problems achieving and maintaining an erection.
Improving circulation through aerobic exercise improves problems with ED.
You can focus on cardiovascular workouts at the gym but it doesn’t even need to be that complicated. Adding a brisk 30-minute walk to your day about three or four times a week can be enough to eliminate problems with ED. This can also reduce your stress, which can go a long way in preventing erectile dysfunction and making your sex life better overall.
Yoga is one of the best options you have for relaxing your mind and your body. There’s no secret there’s a link between stress and sexual dysfunction, so if you’re looking for a way to relieve stress, this is a great option.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, start with these poses and see if they improve things for you.
4. Tai Chi
Tai chi is a martial art that helps you with movement and energy flow. Many people believe that health issues, including ED, are linked to energy flow being stagnant in the body. This is one of the reasons people believe acupuncture is an effective treatment for ED. Even if you don’t understand energy and chi blockages in the body, you can benefit from tai chi practice because you’ll be moving, stretching, and relaxing.
5. Weight Lifting
Though weight lifting isn’t traditionally on a list of direct cures for ED, it can be helpful for a variety of reasons. You’ll be building your strength and you’ll feel more masculine. You’ll also experience a burst of testosterone and various “feel good” hormones that will put you in the mood for sex. And your body will be toned, giving you more confidence and helping you be more focused on sex.
There are plenty of “cures” for ED, but what’s right for you mightnot be right for someone else. The good news about exercise is that it has great health effects on everyone in addition to improving issues with sexual dysfunction. Exercise can be used in conjunction with other ED treatments, including natural supplements and medications. Many people find the supplements and medications aren’t even necessary once they add exercise to their plan of attack.