One of the benefits of the “health trend” which emerged in the 1980s has been a greater awareness of the role that regular exercise can play in boosting and maintaining an individual's overall health. Jogging, going to the gym, swimming or engaging in other physical activities can make a significant difference in pone's general health – and for men, it can play a role in their penis health as well. Using physical activity to maintain a healthy penis makes for a win-win situation – but how does exercise help? And are all exercises equally beneficial?

Exercise and a healthy penis

On a very basic level, exercise leads to a healthy penis because general health impacts penis health. One of the most important factors in penis health is adequate blood flow to the penis, and since blood flow is dependent on a healthy heart, exercises which emphasize cardiac well-being have a corollary effect on the penis. In addition to keeping the heart pumping, exercise also helps to keep the blood vessels themselves stronger and less likely to be clogged (although other factors, such as diet, also play a big role here). When the penile blood vessels are more unblocked, it is much easier for the penis to achieve the rush of blood that leads to healthy erections.

Testosterone

There's another and more direct way in which exercise helps a man achieve a healthy penis. As a recent article in the World Journal of Men's Health stated, “exercise improves the efficiency of testosterone treatment for patients with testosterone deficiency.” And testosterone levels are known to have a link with sexual health, with many scientists announcing that the natural decline in testosterone as men age contributes to the increase likelihood of erectile dysfunction.

The aforementioned World Journal study looked at various exercises to determine if some exercises are better at producing the desired level of testosterone. (This study was in men who were already receiving testosterone therapy to treat erectile dysfunction, but presumably the connection between type of exercise and testosterone production would be similar in men not already receiving therapy.)

Essentially, the scientists recommend cardiorespiratory exercise is likely to be of most benefit. This is especially true of aerobics exercises for men who are overweight and who are suffering from erectile dysfunction.

What about men who already experience good cardiorespiratory health and / or those who are not in need of losing weight? Strength training is thought by many to be of good benefit in raising testosterone levels. And some scientists believe that men who engage in endurance activities or in specifically intestinal workouts with insufficient recovery time may actually be lowering their testosterone levels. (As with many other things, this seems to become even more likely for men over the age of 40.)

Does this mean that a man who runs tenms a day needs to stop what he's doing? Not necessarily. If he is experiencing a satisfactory sex life with a healthy drive and good performance, then there's not necessarily any reason to change in terms of having a healthy penis. But if he notices that his sex drive is diminished or that he does not perform at the level he used to, he may want to consider some alterations.

As always, it's important for any man who is considering making significant changes to his physical activity to consult with a doctor for advice.

Exercise and testosterone of course are not the only things which are needed for a healthy penis. Daily use of a superior penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is strongly urged. It's best to find a crème with both L-arginine and L-carnitine among its ingredients. The former is an amino acid which helps boost nitric oxide production, thereby helping penile blood vessels to stay open. And the latter has neuroprotective properties which help to retain proper penile sensitivity which can be lost due to rough and aggressive (if enjoyable) handling.