Fact: men and sex are two concepts that go together. Always. Some men may not place sex on top of their priority list, but it will surely be a part of it. After all, sex brings a different kind of pleasure and experience,and it also provides tons of health benefits. Who would say no to that?
However, most men think that their penis is indispensable, especially during their younger years. Surprisingly, even guys in their 20’s may experience occasional erection problems due to stress, too much alcohol, and bedroom jitters, among others.
When your man down there starts to do things the other way around, it is your body’s way of saying that something is going on, and it’s not good.
Keep in mind that your penis needs an ample supply of blood to make sure you can get the erections you want. At the same time, proper blood flow ensures good penis functionality. To make sure you are on top of your game every time the situation calls for it, here are some easy yet effective things you can do.
1. Move Your Body
How many times do you go to the gym every week? If you are wasting your time on gym membership you rarely use, then don’t be surprised if your manhood doesn’t cooperate. But, if you can’t afford it, you don’t have to go to the gym. Just start moving as much as you can.
Important note: Always check with your physician before beginning any exercise program to make sure you are fit enough to exercise.
Take walks, dust off that exercise bike, and take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Park at the far end of the mall parking lot, and stand as much as you can when working.
Exercising regularly not only makes you sweat, but it also ensures that your heart is working just fine. A healthy heart means there is proper blood circulation all over your body, including the area down there. When there is enough blood flow, rock-hard erections follow.
That’s not all. Regular exercise reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure, gives you a boost, and makes you feel better about yourself. Be sure to start off slowly, building up to more intense activity. If you’ve been walking regularly, break it up with sprints of running. Alternate between the two until you feel just slightly out of breath.
2. Yes, You Are What You Eat
Aside from regular exercise, what you eat could affect your performance inside the bedroom. Poor dietary choices such as sugar, salt, empty calories, and high-fat foods clog the arteries and affect your sexual function.
On the other hand, natural and healthy food choices prevent the buildup of plaque deposits with your blood vessels, which affects blood flow. Therefore, eat smart and eat healthy. Start your day by eating fruits, vegetables and lots of fiber.
Add omega-3 on your diet by eating more salmon, tuna and mackerel. Go for lean meats, choose your carbs wisely, take it easy on fat and skip anything processed. Eating right also keeps your weight at bay and reduces your risks against many illnesses.
3. Get To Your Healthy Weight And Stay There
Did you know that obesity and high cholesterol are linked to erectile dysfunction? An excess amount of fat in your body blocks testosterone, thereby affecting your sexual function.
Consequently, your heart and overall health can suffer, too. Getting to a healthy weight can correct many weight-related health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, so work to get to your ideal weight, and stay there.
If you don’t know what that is, ask your doctor for a range of numbers, depending on various factors like your age and height, for example.
Keep in mind that your penis is a barometer, which checks how healthy you are. When your man down south refuses to stand up, it may show that plaque is starting to build up in your arteries, which affects your sexual function. This could also affect your performance in bed because you get tired easily.
Therefore, eat healthy and exercise regularly. The results may not be instant, but you will notice a difference, not just physically but also sexually. The best part of being a healthy weight is that you will live longer and better, too.
4. Kick The Habit
Did you know that for men below 40, smoking is the number one cause of erectile dysfunction? If you are serious about your sex life, now is the right time to stop smoking and kick the habit.
Blood flow is important to keep your penis healthy. When you smoke, the nicotine from cigarettes causes blood vessels to contract and contributes to buildup of plaque in the arteries, there by restricting blood flow.
This causes your penis to shrink and make it hard for you to get an erection. This also makes you twice more likely to experience erection issues. If you want to keep things running smoothly inside the bedroom, start kicking the habit, no ifs, ands, and buts.
5. Make Sleep A Priority
How many hours of sleep do you get every night? Experts report that men need at least six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep in order to allow the body to recharge and recover.
If you are getting less than that every night, then your man down south might suffer the consequences.
Poor sleep is associated with many health problems, including problems inside the bedroom. At the same time, your T levels are at their peak in the morning. Testosterone is an important factor in determining sexual health. When your body does not get enough T, then your sexual health suffers.
That’s not all: A lack of sleep makes you feel exhausted and it also robs your sexual stamina. If your body is experiencing these kinds of feelings, it follows that your penis is feeling the same way. Make your bedroom a haven by using it solely for sleep and for sex. Remove electronics or any distractions. Start healthy bedtime habits by going to bed at the same time each night.
6. Take It Easy On The Booze
Fine, a night out with friends, celebrations, parties, and vacation trips will never be complete without the booze. It is a great stress reliever, keeps your mind off things, and adds more fun inside the bedroom.
It can also give your libido a boost, act as a vasodilator by increasing blood flow down south, and helps improve erectile function.
Unfortunately, too much alcohol leads you to another road – the erectile issues road. According to studies, men who drink too much had trouble ejaculating and have a hard time getting it up. Chronic alcohol use could also lead to brain and hormonal chemical changes in the long run, which affects sexual function. The key here is moderate drinking. Take it easy. Drink slow and steady. Break it up with a glass of ice water or soda once in a while.
7. Put Stress In Its Place
Fact: stress is a key player inside the bedroom. Issues with money, your ladylove, kids, your job, and even your demanding boss could have a direct impact on your sex drive and erection. The more stressed you are, the harder it will be for you to get it up.
In your case, stress triggers a fight-or-flight response. This means the nervous system floods your body with stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Adrenaline makes your heart beat faster and constricts your blood vessels. This leads to issues inside the bedroom.
Therefore, find a way to address stress. It may be hard to get rid of it completely, but the important thing is to do something to put it in its place. Find a way to reduce your stress. It could be as simple as taking a 10-minute break from work, working out, cooking, making a daily “to-do” list, or going on a vacation.
Use tools to deal with stress, too. You can handle the daily stressors of life by living a healthy lifestyle.
Things aforementioned in this article, such as sleep, exercise, diet and kicking bad habits make it much easier to make decisions and prioritize problems. Many people find that keeping a journal helps them vent out some pressure, too.
8. Do A Ball Check
Did you know that testicular cancer affects almost 8,000 men every year? Sadly, this affects men between 15 and 40 years old. If detected early, 90 percent of this type of cancer cases can be cured. Otherwise, this could spread to other parts of the body.
Aside from making sure that your man down south is working well in bed, you have to take note of your overall genital health, too. This is where testicle, aka ball check comes in. Follow these steps to check for any unusual changes, like lumps or bumps:
- Take a warm bath. The warm water relaxes the testicles, which makes it easier for you to handle them.
- Cup your scrotum and feel the testicles carefully.
- Gently examine each testicle using your hands with your index and middle fingers underneath the testicle and your thumb on top of it. Gently roll the testicle between your fingers for 30 seconds. The testicles should be smooth, just like a hard-boiled egg.
If you notice something unusual, don’t panic. Schedule a trip to the doctor for further diagnosis.
9. Use It Or Lose It
How many times have you heard the line, “Use it or lose it,” when it comes to a man’s member? Countless times already, right? Your penis deserves a workout once in a while. The more you say no to sex because of fear, stress, anxiety, and whatever issues you are dealing with, the greater the chance of losing it.
The truth is being sexually active could bring tons of health benefits. One of these is making sure that your penis is in tip-top shape.
After all, studies show that men who are more sexually active are at a lesser risk of having erection issues as they age. Go ahead and schedule that steamy session with your ladylove.
Working out in bed regularly could also strengthen your bond, build trust and confidence, and improve your relationship, too.
10. Relax In Bed
More importantly, just relax whether in or out of the bedroom. There will always be a pressure to perform well and last longer inside the bedroom. However, longer sex doesn’t always mean it is the best. This pressure could also affect your performance and make sex less memorable.
So, just relax. Focus on each other’s needs, wants and pleasure points. Ask her what she wants and do your best to fulfill them. At the same time, be honest about how you want things in bed. Channel your energy on her instead of pressuring yourself to last longer. Sex is a two-way relationship. Aside from lust, trust, honesty and communication, a health erection could make you the king inside the bedroom. Don’t forget to take care of your health, as well. A healthy body means a healthy penis, too.