Lack of exercise is a common characteristic of men with ED, and embarking on an exercise program has been shown to help ED. Exercise makes the body more sensitive to insulin. Insulin is one of the body’s natural stimulants of nitric oxide (NO), the body chemical most responsible for healthy erections. Exercise decreases heart attacks, strokes and senility. And now men can learn a specific, easy to do technique called pelvic floor exercise (PFE) that can improve the ability to maintain an erection. Exercise may be the single biggest way to prevent or reverse ED!
When a person gets really short of breath just climbing up a flight of stairs it is an indication that their circulation is unable to respond to the demands for increased blood flow. Sex is a form of exercise where the heart is beating stronger and faster, and the penis requires a huge increase of blood flow to become erect. With regular exercise, the heart and circulation ARE able to respond to all of these demands.. Exercise also increases NO (Nitric Oxide) production by the lining of blood vessels. This is part of the reason that exercise reduces heart attacks, strokes, and senility due to the more vigorous movement of blood.
Insulin and NO
When men are overweight and particularly if that weight is concentrated in their abdomen (the spare tire), they become more insulin resistant. Insulin stimulates the body to produce more NO. Exercise allows blood vessels to produce more NO because of the more vigorous movement of the blood and because of increased sensitivity to insulin. Exercise also has some bonus effects. Even moderate exercise decreases stress, and promotes relaxation and increases one of the body’s natural circulating antioxidants that is lower in men with ED.