Home Exercises for Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Reviewed by Daniel Williams, MD

There can be numerous causes of erectile dysfunction, from diabetes and cigarettes to psychological problems. Fortunately, there exist a number of alternatives that can help men unable to achieve and maintain an erection.  First and foremost, there are the top-selling erectile dysfunction drugs available such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, which have been proven to be very effective. In some extreme cases, surgery or penile implants may be necessary.

For men who find the side effects of erectile dysfunction medication unpleasant, there are some natural alternatives that may help men obtain a better maintained erection, and can even improve overall health in the process.

Exercise in General
There is a long-standing belief by many medical professionals that exercise plays an important role helping a man achieve and maintain his erections. There are several factors that influence this phenomenon. Regular exercise can help keep your arteries clear and open, increasing the blood flow. Cardiovascular efficiency increases, which may lead to better, longer-lasting erections.  When in better physical better shape, you often have more stamina, which is often experienced as an important factor in sexual performance.  Better performance and ability to satisfy can offer a great boost to practically any man psychologically.  More confidence can also help in keep a better erection, since so much about sex starts with the brain rather than the penis.

To increase cardiovascular fitness, choose any of the following exercises that you ENJOY enough to stick with:
Running, Walking, Jogging, Biking, Rowing, Swimming, Hiking, Resistance Circuit exercises and the like. Check with your doctor first before starting any exercise program. You want to achieve and maintain a training heart rate for 20-30 minutes 3-5 times per week – at a minimum to improve your status. You can calculate your training heart rate as follows: (220-age)*0.8.

Exercises Specifically for Erectile Dysfunction
The results of the 2003 Harvard study affirm cardiovascular fitness as a chief component avoiding impotence. But how do you improve on erectile dysfunction once you have it? Specifically, what can be done to improve the cardiovascular system in the genital region? The answer is Kegel exercises.

And don’t worry; this simple exercise can be done quickly and comfortably at home without any special equipment.

See, leaking veins are among the many causes of erectile dysfunction. A leaking vein may be the result of injury, disease, or other types of damage to penile area. When the veins in a penis are not compressed during an erection, a vein can leak and lead to erectile dysfunction from blood no longer being maintained well enough inside the penis.

The exercises a man can do to help with erectile dysfunction because of leaking veins are Kegel exercises, often prescribed to help women with urinary incontinence.  You may already know of Kegel exercises, which were originally developed in 1948 by Dr. Arnold Kegel to help control incontinence in women following childbirth.

Kegel exercises involve contracting and relaxing the pelvic muscles. These same muscles are used use to stop urinating in mid-flow. So simulate trying to abort a stream of urine; that is the muscle group to exercise. Do repetitions and build strength like you would any other muscle group. By strengthening these muscles, it is believed some men may be able to achieve a better erection without resorting to other means, such as medicine or with surgery.

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