Learn how research supports exercise intervention for reproductive wellness. Read about how exercise may increase sexual drive, functioning, activity and satisfaction, in part because of improvements in physical endurance, muscle tone and body composition. Learn how to address sexual health in an exercise setting. Discover that researchers found that obesity has a strong influence on people’s sexual lives. With sexual health and functioning, as well as general life satisfaction, linked so strongly to exercise in so many areas, this is clearly a topic that should be considered in clients’ health histories and exercise programs.
After reading this article, readers should be able to:
- Explain to clients the positive and negative associations between sexual health, functioning and exercise.
- Discuss the research findings for the links between diabetes, obesity, urinary incontinence, several types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, erectile dysfunction and exercise.
- Determine some of the life-threatening risk factors that can be predicted by erectile dysfunction.
- More fully understand the sexually related medical and social risks that obese people face.
- Explain to clients that age is not a determining factor in sexual functioning.