WE are well into the month of May. Many do not realise that May is the National Physical Fitness and Sports month.
The White House recently released the presidential proclamation for the fitness awareness month: “During the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we highlight the importance of staying active, and we encourage all to partake in physical activity to maintain their health and well being.”
US President Barack Obama continued: “Participation in sports and physical activity represents our country’s promise: the idea if you work hard, commit to a goal and never give up on yourself, there is nothing you cannot achieve.”
The idea of a fitness month sounds ideal that may just convince the minority to exercise.
The famous American author and humorist, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, however, once said: “I have never taken any exercise, except sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any.”
Like many of us who are trying our best to avoid exercise, is Twain’s attitude a sheer ignorance and stupidity? Or his boldness and defiance an arrogant act of avoidance?
And what would be the “pull” or the “push” factors that will motivate us to hit the gym?
Dear Dr G,
I am 34 years old and recently had a wake up call in my life.
I have been married to my wife for six years and we enjoy a tremendous sex life.
In the last few weeks, I have been experiencing the problems of “wilting willy” and this really worries me.
I often thought Erectile Dysfunction is an old man’s disease, and never thought it could happen to me.
I went to see the doctor, who prescribed me the blue pills. Needless to say, that shocked me!
I don't want to be reliant on medication for sex for the rest of my life! I am 34 years old, for goodness sake!
My family doctors pointed out that since I got married, I became lazy. My waist size had increased from 32 to 36 inches.
My blood pressure had gone up and my cholesterol is all over the place.
I really do not want to be “softened” by my sedentary lifestyle and determined to be “hardened” again both inside and outside the bedroom.
Can you please tell me what would be the best exercise to embark on for better sex?
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse. It is estimated to affect one in 10 men at some point in their lifetime.
Although the vast majority of the patients are older men, those with sedentary lifestyle and stress are also affected by it.
Many men do experience failure between the sheets from time to time. The failure to get erection less than 20% of the time is not unusual. Failure in more than half the occasions is abnormal.
It is important to understand that in most cases, the onset of ED is a symptom of many other diseases, such as diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension or even depression.
Although ED is treatable, it is better to reverse the risk factors that trigger the dysfunction in the first place. These include a healthy diet that limits saturated fat and abundance of fruit and vegetables.
The reduction of cholesterol through dietary restriction, medications or exercise can also prevent the cholesterol induced narrowing and hardening of the penile artery.
Lastly, maintaining a healthy weight by exercising regularly can enhance blood circulation, reduce the risk of ED, improve your stamina in bed and hopefully, make you look desirable.
Several “sexercise” are more focus in helping men to regain their strength in the bedroom. These include pushups, abdominals, deadlifts and torso exercise.
Pushups ensure strength in the back muscles, while squeezing the buttock and sucking in the gut. Needless to say, this is helpful for men in “upper positions”.
The abdominal muscles are crucial during sex. The ab workout with good old fashion crunches can enhance the lower back and pelvic muscles to sustain the repetitive acts of sex.
The deadlifts, on the other hand, keep the back, legs and torso strong to sustain stamina.
Any exercise is better than no exercise. However, it is ideal to have 30 minutes workout five times a week to get the blood pumping and ensure endurance in the long term.
One study showed for men over 50 years old, being physically active means a 30% lower risk of ED compared with men who are sedentary.
In addition, 80% of men who exercise two to three times a week felt their sexual desirability are markedly enhanced.
John F. Kennedy once said: “Our growing softness, our increase lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.”
He is definitely right about “the softness” being a menace to men’s “self-confidence” and “home security”.
The two-time world light heavyweight champion and American professional boxer, Gene Tunney once said: “Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.”
Dr G adds: “Targeted sexercise also contributes to the hard-ons.”
>The views expressed are entirely the writer’s own.