Exercise and Men’s Health

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 Men's Health Plano, TXHumans have always engaged in physical activity to some degree. As we have transitioned into a mostly digital age, though, we are seeing fewer people maintain an active lifestyle. Outdoor sports have been replaced with indoor gaming for many men. Long hours and the office have replaced time in the yard or the fields – or even in the gym. Here, we want to discuss why exercise is so valuable by focusing in on a few critical aspects of men’s health.

More Enjoyable Sex

A healthy and enjoyable sex life requires physical stamina and a robust circulatory system. Studies show that men who work out four or more days a week report better endurance and optimal confidence that translates into more enjoyable sex.

Erectile Function

Male sexual health has become an essential topic of discussion in recent years, with erectile dysfunction a primary concern expressed by many men. Erectile dysfunction may have many contributing factors. However, research suggests that the overall function of the penis is related to the general functionality of the cardiovascular system. Working out can help men with ED manage their symptoms, especially when attention is given to the pelvic floor, too. Exercise also increases muscle mass, which supports fat metabolism and optimal testosterone production.

How much exercise does a man need to boost sexual performance and enjoyment? According to a report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, about 18 MET (metabolic equivalents). This looks like 6 hours of walking or other light activity a week, 3 hours of hiking or other moderate activity a week, or 2 hours of strenuous exercise such as running or high-intensity interval workouts.

Prostate Health

It is estimated that over 150,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Some studies suggest that a man’s commitment to regular exercise can lower his risk for this disease. In one study that observed prostatic tumors, researchers discovered that men who routinely walked or worked out moderately had more normal blood vessels within their tumor than men who did not exercise. After this study, researchers concluded that exercise might restrict the growth of prostatic tumors and increase men’s survival rate after prostate cancer treatment.

Your Plano urologist can help you address men’s health issues with suggestions for healthy living and with appropriate medical treatment when needed. Contact our office to schedule your visit.

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