Can Running Help With Erectile Dysfunction?

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular physical exercise, like walking, running, or swimming can help with reducing or preventing erectile dysfunction (ED), according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The type of exercise doesn’t matter as long as men engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day for four or more days every week. Men might take walks some days, and swim, play tennis or basketball, or run on other days.

If exercise isn’t currently part of a man’s routine, he might want to ease into this lifestyle change gradually. Getting stiff and sore can discourage a person from continuing to be physically active. It’s better to start by doing yard work or gardening or walking at his usual pace. Slowly increasing the intensity and duration of a man’s exercise may get him used to this new lifestyle change.

Exercise is Only One Factor

Exercise, by itself, is unlikely to get a man to his sexual performance goal. Physical activity is only one component of an overall strategy for peak sexual health. Erectile function relies on a complex set of factors, any one of which could prevent him from enjoying a satisfying sex life.

Losing Weight Can Help

When a man carries too much extra weight, he can develop performance problems. Also, being overweight increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease—both causes of erectile dysfunction (according to Mayo Clinic). Most people must incorporate regular exercise into their lives to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Sensible Nutrition

Even if a man exercises regularly, he can develop health problems and struggle to reach his ideal weight if he does not give some thought to what he eats and drinks. The NIDDK recommends a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products to improve and hold on to erectile function. He might want to avoid foods that contain large amounts of sodium and fats, particularly saturated fats.

Following this common-sense eating regimen can help a man avoid diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Smart eating habits can also help him control his weight, thereby avoiding factors that can lead to ED.

Refrain from Smoking

Smoking damages the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. A weakened, diseased cardiovascular system can make a man unable to perform in the bedroom. Even separate from cardiovascular damage, smoking heightens the likelihood of a man developing erectile dysfunction.

Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Heavy drinking can lead to short-term and long-term ED. Men probably already know that when they get intoxicated, they can struggle to achieve or maintain an erection. A man might not realize that heavy alcohol consumption can also lead to ED down the road. To protect his current and future sexual performance, it’s best to use moderation when drinking.

Use of Illicit Drugs Worsens ED Symptoms

Some “street” drugs can make it difficult or impossible for a man to get or keep an erection. The substances can “numb” arousal and sensations. Also, some illicit drugs can make pleasure more elusive.

Often, underlying issues like chronic pain or past psychological or emotional harm can cause ED. When a person uses street drugs to try to cope with these things, the sexual function impairment remains. Treating the underlying factors can help restore sexual health, as well as physical and mental health.

Following a multi-step approach to get as physically and mentally healthy as possible is one part of a plan that can lead to satisfying sex life. Thanks to an exciting new treatment, men can take their sexual health to a higher level, even if they don’t have ED.

What Men Need to Know About GAINSWave® Therapy

Men now have another option that can treat or prevent ED and enhance sexual function, even if they don’t yet have erectile function issues. GAINSWave® therapy revolutionizes the approach to erectile health. With a success rate of more than 75 percent, men all over the United States are enjoying the life-changing benefits of this therapy.

GAINSWave® therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves to improve sexual performance and function for men. The treatment doesn’t involve surgery or drugs. There’s no downtime and few, if any, side effects. A man can walk into a provider’s office, get the treatment, and get right back to his schedule.

The high-frequency painless shockwaves encourage the release of growth factor in the penis so that it can form new blood vessels. Healthy penile blood vessels are essential to erectile function and performance.

GAINSWave® therapy breaks down micro-plaques that many men accumulate in the penis from athletics or sexual activity. If left untreated, a man with micro-plaques can develop Peyronie’s disease, a condition that causes painful curvature of the organ and makes erections unpleasant or impossible.

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