Take a Walk to Prevent ED

Walking and other types of physical activity may help prevent prostate cancer, too.

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Medically reviewed in August 2020

Updated on April 12, 2022

Want to perform better in the bedroom? Take a walk. Physical activity is one of the most powerful things you can do to prevent erectile dysfunction and lower your risk of prostate cancer.

Walking helps keep things working below the belt in a couple of ways. First, exercise can help prevent erectile dysfunction. Even if you're middle-aged and you've always been a couch potato, starting an exercise program can help prevent erectile dysfunction in your golden years.

Already have issues with erectile dysfunction? Walking can help you lose weight, and research has found that if you're overweight or obese, losing 10 percent of your body weight can help improve sexual function.

Regular workouts help ensure you prevent something even scarier: prostate cancer.

Compared with men who are sedentary, those who regularly exercise at a moderate level of intensity—including brisk walking—are more likely to have biopsies that indicate no cancer. And men who are eventually diagnosed with prostate cancer may be less likely to have an aggressive form of prostate cancer if they are physically active. 

Exercise may help lower levels of hormones that spur the growth of prostate tumors, as well as turn off genes that make a protein that fosters prostate cancer growth.

Consider these just a few more compelling reasons to take a few extra steps every day.

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