One More Reason Not to Skip ‘Leg Day’ at the Gym: Better Sex

Don’t overlook the importance of lower-body workouts when you’re at the gym. Studies show that such exercises burn calories more effectively, increase overall strength, and help to support robust sexual function.

Lower-body workouts often get short shrift from male fitness buffs who’d prefer to spend their time at the gym developing their biceps, triceps, and pectorals. Those muscle groups tend to win the most approving looks from the ladies, or at least the guys see it that way.

This overemphasis on the upper-body workout can result in “cartoonishly disproportionate physiques,” according to John McDermott, a staff writer at

McDermott points out that working the lower body’s major muscle groups burn calories more effectively and improves overall strength better than exercises focusing on the upper body. More importantly, he writes, lower-body workouts increase a man’s blood testosterone levels, which can help to fire up the libido.

Helpful Lower-Body Exercises

Men who are looking for ways to improve erectile function or battle early signs of erectile dysfunction should focus on these three lower-body exercises recommended in an article at

  • Hip thrusts: Begin with your shoulder blades positioned firmly against a workout bench. Spread your arms to ensure that you remain stable. Squeeze the gluteal muscles in your buttocks and thrust up your hips, holding that position for a couple of seconds before releasing.
  • Lunges: Stand with your upper body straight, chin up, and shoulders back and relaxed. Beginning with your left leg, step forward and lower your hips until both knees are at 90-degree angles. Your front knee should be directly above your ankle. While keeping weight on your heels, push back to starting position.
  • Squats: Stand with your feet roughly hip-width apart, your head facing forward, and your arms extended to maintain balance. Lower your body as though you were sitting back and down into an imaginary chair. Hold that position with your thighs parallel to the floor for a couple of seconds, and then push with your heels to return to standing position.

Push-ups, which exercise muscle groups in both the upper and lower body, also help to support vigorous sexual function.

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