There’s a common misconception that most men are up for sex at any time, day or night, but it’s just not true for your average Joe. The truth is that, as men age, often so does their ability to maintain an erection, especially when the pressure is on to perform.
While it’s an easy subject to joke about, erectile dysfunction is no joke. It’s a major issue in the lives of many men who lead otherwise fulfilling lives. There are many ways for men to help themselves out in this department. Here are five ways to maintain an erection that you might not expect:
Take a Walk
Healthy eating and regular exercise always help to get the body’s juices flowing to all the right places. That’s common advice, but did you know that a vigorous and intense workout routine isn’t necessary? Studies have shown that men who walk at least 2 miles a day experience half as many instances of erectile dysfunction. So don’t feel like you have to hit the gym hard and buff up your body to improve your sexual performance.
Get Some Sleep
Fact: Your entire body needs sleep. After a long day of work, stress, and living life, recharging your body and mind with a good night sleep can make all the difference. Did you know that your penis is usually erect for three to five hours every night while you’re asleep? It makes sense that your penis needs to rest too. Even if you don’t think your brain needs a full night of shuteye every day (which, for the record, it does), you need to consider the wellness of your whole body!
Keep (a Bit) Caffeinated
While there are certainly negative side effects to drinking lots of coffee or caffeinated beverages, one positive of coffee is that caffeine can help with sexual performance. Studies have shown men who drink 2-3 cups of coffee every day are less likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men who refuse to sip the sweet nectar of the coffee bean. So the next time you find yourself tempted by the 17 Starbucks shops that you pass by on your morning commute, consider a (small) cup of coffee and don’t add (much) sugar!
Cigarettes Are a No-no
Coffee and cigarettes might sound like something characters in a classic art film would like, but cigarettes are a no-no for so many reasons. While caffeine seems to stimulate erections, as mentioned above, cigarettes attack them. Not only can smoking damage blood vessels, but it can even damage penile tissue itself. If you’ve been looking for a reason to quit, this is it! Put down those cancer-causing cigarettes and your penis will do a whole lot better.
Take a Break!
It’s important to treat your relationship with your penis like you would a good friend. No matter how close you are with someone, sometimes you need a break from each other to keep the relationship strong. That’s true of your penis as well. Taking a few days off from trying to have sex or even thinking about sex can lead to stronger and more fulfilling erections. Just as a relaxing few days off over the weekend can help you function better at the workplace on Monday morning, extending that courtesy to your penis can deliver the same results.
Sexual health is very closely tied to your overall health, so it’s important to cut yourself a little slack. Have any of these five tips worked for you? Are there any others that work like a charm?
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