Adopting a fitness-driven lifestyle can bring several positive changes into your life. Studies have shown that being active has benefits for various body functions – from cardiovascular health, to proper brain function, concentration and even mood improvements. There is, however, one more ‘side effect’ of increasing your physical activity which you may experience.
According to research by the University of Texas, which has its campus in Austin, exercise increases the sex drive of women who haven’t yet reached menopause. This might seem unexpected and maybe even inconvenient for women who already have a healthy sex drive, but it is undoubtedly good news for the general female population.
This exercise-fuelled increase in sex drive is particularly beneficial for women who have low libido, as the effect is so strong that it can actually be very helpful when trying to rekindle their sexual desires.
Women who suffer from depression should be happy to learn that exercise might not only have an uplifting effect on their overall mood, but it will also likely undo the damage that antidepressants might have caused.
The science behind this benefit from exercise is essentially the same of that behind aphrodisiacs and medications. During the research, women went through short bursts of physical activity which activated their sympathetic nervous system. This in turn resulted in the increase of blood flow through the body, including the genital area.
Seeing as it is no secret that arousal results from an increase of blood flow to the genital area, both for men and women, it is thus easy to conclude that the women saw their sex drive enhanced after exercising.
Aside from this physiological effect, researchers also suggest that the improvements in body image and self-confidence that come with exercise and active lifestyle may also have a positive effect on a woman’s sex drive, as she is likely to be more open to physical and emotional interactions.
This isn’t the first time the University of Texas studies the link between exercise and women’s sex drive. In fact, they had already discovered a short-term effect back in 2010, when a study showed that women had stronger genital reactions to pornography after running on a treadmill than they did if they hadn’t exercised before watching the films.
In light of this information, it seems that having post-workout sex is perhaps a good idea. On top of being aroused and ready, women are more flexible and nimble after exercise, so there is no reason not to try, unless you feel too tired after your workout.