Erectile Dysfunction is a concern to men AND women
Swimsuits—they’re not what we’re discussing today. Nor are we broaching penis size, much as I enjoy saying ‘penis size’ and even though it’s the topic men ask me about the most.
Instead, we’re discussing something vital to swimsuits and penises everywhere. Because while no woman has ever complained to me about partners’ puny penile dimensions—not once in over 5 years here and 17 as a relationship consultant—I’ve heard plenty about Erectile Dysfunction, aka erectile disorder, a man’s inability to get and sustain an erection. Size may not be a big deal to women, but a penis that’s limping along is.
(And for those men who remain convinced that a big ‘un is paramount, despite contrary evidence, keep this in mind: No matter how big it is, if it won’t rise to the occasion, that wood’s no good.)
Other LoveScience articles have dealt with Erectile Dysfunction solutions, but not prevention; nobody is asking about what really spells trouble down the Happy Trail: sedentary lives that contribute to obesity. It’s a growing problem~so to speak. According to the CDC, in 2000 no American state had more than 30% obese adults; by 2010, 12 states did. As of 2012, 35.7% of USA adults have a body mass index over 30, and zero states meet CDC goals for 15% or fewer obese adults. Global data back the trend. You, Wise Readers, are well-read, well-informed types, so you probably know the dire health outcomes of obesity. You may know that the generation born in 2000 is the first where 1 in 3 will develop diabetes, and consequently the first generation with a lower life expectancy than their parents. And you surely know that how much we eat and how little we move are prime contributors.
But did you know abdominal body fat in particular is a weenie-dangler, a libido-buster, and a performance problem? So much so that public service announcements should warn about obesity’s sexual side effects right along with diabetes, heart disease, and cancer: “Couch potatoes, prepare for limp tubers.”
Hard Facts for men:
*Abdominal fat hampers horniness by lowering testosterone.
*Erections rely on getting and keeping blood in the penis; that requires capillaries unclogged by fats. Belly fat can indicate a lot of clogging—hence the heightened risks. In one study headed by a researcher with the ironic surname of Bacon, who followed outcomes of 22,000+ healthy men over a 14-year timespan, the obese were *90%* likelier to develop Erectile Dysfunction than the non-obese—but the men who exercised most were 30% less likely to get Erectile Dysfunction.
*It’s hard to feel sexy if you feel embarrass by your looks. Studies show that some men have such an awful body image, they try to avoid being seen naked during sex. This worries obese men most, perhaps due to their perception that their penis is small, since abdominal fat can obscure much of the male member. Do you think that’s what men have in mind when they offer to hide the salami? Do you think a guy who’s that insecure about his appearance is going to make a great lay? Me neither.
Lest women feel left out of the conversation, abdominal fat—or as I call mine, ‘abominable fat’—also fails to do us any favors, either in attracting a partner, or fully experiencing our sexuality. Men routinely pursue fit women and assume that better-looking (read: hourglass-shaped) women are better in bed. And it may be true. Obese women commonly suffer lackluster libidos and higher levels of sexual disorders and dissatisfaction compared to healthy-weight women who aren’t smoking or drinking to excess.
There is a treatment that will reduce your waistline, without pills or surgery. Women, it will keep you looking taller, thinner and younger for longer. And as fat recedes, guys, your penis will look bigger. In both sexes, this treatment heightens libido, reduces sexual disorders, and increases orgasmic intensity. And it does it all free of charge—without pills or surgery.
The treatment? Exercise.
The amount? 150 minutes a week.
The intensity? Moderate.
The right exercise? The one you’ll do.
Experiments—not just correlations—show that exercise causes all of the above outcomes. The returns are greatest for about 30 minutes’ exercise daily. You don’t even have to do your half-hour all at once; breaking it up into 10-minute sessions three times a day yields about the same benefits. And although your exercise can be intense, it doesn’t have to be. Walking briskly is just fine.
In fact, most of the research has focused on walking. I love walking because you can do it for a lifetime without ruining your joints, all it costs is time and some good shoes, it can be done socially or alone, and it’s available when and where you are. But if walking bores you, or you don’t have a safe place to walk, a disability prevents it, or you’ll only exercise if it’s scheduled, do what suits you.
Of course, the sexual benefits of movement are just the tip of the exer-berg. Over the past 20+ years of professing, I’ve kept a list of the benefits of exercise that crop up in texts and studies I teach from or encounter in personal reading, and that list appears beneath my signature today. I hope you find it as motivating and eye-opening as my students and I do.
In the meantime, I’ve got a question for you:
If there were a safe, free treatment that would increase your libido, intensify your orgasms, enhance your (or your sweetie’s) erections, make your (or your sweetie’s) penis look bigger, heighten your sexual self-confidence, keep you looking younger for longer, plus banish depression and anxiety, stave off Alzheimer’s, aid attention and memory into late life, increase energy, enhance sleep, protect against almost every major disease, lessen your number of sick days, hasten recovery if you did get ill or have surgery, lengthen both the quantity and quality of your life, save you big bucks in healthcare costs, and get and keep you swimsuit-ready…would you take it?
Or put Dr. Mike Evans’ way, “Can you limit your sitting and sleeping to just twenty-three-and-a-half hours a day?”
Make a splash, in bed and at the beach. Exercise.
Photo By:Size DOES matter? Women find tall men with larger penises more attractive: study fromMyStockPhoto.com
This article is dedicated to daily walks: My heart’s mitral valve had been in decline for at least 20 years, undetected, but a lifetime of walking allowed my heart to compensate for so long that effective surgery was available by the time my body couldn’t take care of the issue on its own anymore. I thus also dedicate this article to two men. The first was a coach, my father, Larry Welch, who lives his value of exercise every day and taught me to do the same from childhood. The second was my cardiothoracic surgeon, Stephen Dewan, whose expert hands completely healed my heart three years ago this month.
Thanks to them, I’m still walking.
BENEFITS OF EXERCISE:
—The best time to start living healthfully is From The Beginning. The second-best time, though, is Right Now, and Right Now is possible for most of us at any age. Weight training and exercise build strength into the 90s, and –surprise!—a 19-year-old and a 90-year-old gain strength at the same rate.