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Why is regular exercise important to treat erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Exercise, even moderate exercise like a brisk walk, stimulates your body to produce nitric oxide. This is a vital (though short-lived) chemical that keeps your arteries open, including the ones that allow blood to flow into your penis when you get sexually aroused. Nitric oxide dissipates right after you make it, so you need to continue to make more. Exercise improves your ability to do just that.

But it’s only one way that exercise is the cornerstone of your ED reversal program. Regular exercise strengthens your heart and improves your cardiovascular system, and it’s key to getting and maintaining erections. Exercise also lifts your spirits, and that’s always a good thing, especially when you are “in the mood.”

You may also want to try a particular kind of exercise called Kegel exercises. These exercises help improve the tone and control of the muscles that control peeing. Doing Kegel exercises regularly can also help treat ED.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Move it or lose it is great advice for maintaining a stepped-up sex life. Regular physical activity beefs up blood supply and strengthens your heart. This keeps blood flowing to the four corners of your body, including your  blood flow leads to firm, healthy erections. Exercise steps up your libido as well by releasing bucketsful of endorphins, chemicals that make you feel good. Finally, exercise produces nitric oxide, an erection-friendly chemical that keeps your arteries open. Nitric oxide turns arteries into super highways, allowing blood flow to speed to your penis. The more you exercise, the more nitric oxide your body makes. Actually, when it comes to exercise, it's all good. If you have put your exercise plans on hold for a while, start with at least 20 minutes a day of brisk walking or your activity of choice.

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