Kicking bad habits and establishing new, cleaner habits is a crucial part of working toward a happier, healthier you, particularly when it comes to your sexual health. If you’ve been struggling recently with sexual performance and erectile dysfunction, then this article is going to be worth a read. We will be looking at essential lifestyle habits for improved sexual health in men. Read on to find out more about how you can make some positive changes in your life, today.
1. Kick the smoking habit
The nicotine in tobacco narrows the blood vessels which can lead to damage. In the penis, the blood vessels are especially small and susceptible to damage which can have a devastating effect on your sex life. If you are a heavy smoker and have been suffering in the bedroom, then your habit could be a huge contributing factor. Our advice would be to try and kick the habit entirely in order to start getting your health back on track.
2. Get enough exercise
Regular exercise can help you improve your sexual health and increase your libido in general. Routine exercise will keep your cardiovascular system healthy, which is crucial for your libido and maintaining an erection during intercourse.
Additionally, the act of exercise will help you to lose weight which can have a positive effect on your self-esteem. Feeling more confident in your own skin is also an important factor when it comes to sexual health and performance.
3. Reduce your stress levels
Stress is the silent killer and something that effects everyone. Stress raises your adrenaline and cortisol levels which interfere with your sexual response hormones, thus negatively impacting your libido. If you have been under a lot of pressure recently, whether it be through work or for other reasons, then you must aim to work toward reducing those stress levels. Activities such as meditation and yoga are highly effective stress management techniques.
4. Sleep more
Getting enough sleep has a wide range of health benefits, not to mention the fact that it can help increase your libido and improve your sex life. You should aim to get to bed earlier so that you can have enough time to drift off and get enough sleep throughout the night. If you are struggling to settle down of an evening, there are a number of things that you can try to help with preparing your body for rest:
● Don’t eat too late in the night
● Don’t drink caffeine too late in the evening
● Don’t sit in bed with your smart phone or other devices
● Take a hot shower before bed
● Read a book in bed to calm your mind and body
● Make sure your bedroom is optimised for promoting sleep (cool, dark, quiet, etc.)
● Consider masturbating before bed to help you relax
5. Limit your alcohol consumption (or cut it out entirely)
Drinking alcohol at social events and with friends can be a lot of fun, but you must find the right balance. If you find that you are consuming too much alcohol on a regular basis, it will likely be affecting your health and sexual performance. The fact is, alcohol is a depressant which can exacerbate your anxiety and ultimately interfere with your libido. You don’t necessarily have to give up drinking entirely, but limiting your consumption is highly recommended for a wide variety of reasons.
6. Eat a healthy, balanced diet
If you are eating very few fruits and veggies and lots of fried or processed foods, then it will have a negative effect on your sexual health. Similarly, to smoking, eating junk food can narrow your blood vessels, thus making it more difficult to achieve and maintain an erection during sexual intercourse.
Instead, you must eat a rich and healthy diet filled with fruit and veg and omega-3 fatty acids for excellent sexual health. You don’t have to give up your treat foods, but you must be getting more nutrition if you wish to bolster your sexual health as best you can.
7. Consider using sex toys
Sexual toys have a wide variety of benefits, from improving your mental health, self-esteem, and body confidence, to reducing anxiety, and increasing sexual satisfaction. But not only that, if you invest in certain sex toys like cock rings, they can help you maintain an erection for longer and even enhance the overall pleasure for both you and your partner.
You should also work on being more open and honest with your partner. When you talk about your feelings, rather than bottle them up inside, you can reduce your stress and anxiety levels, while improving the overall health of your relationship. Couples who don’t avoid conflict and openly discuss their feelings tend to report to be happier and have more successful sex lives.