Where's My Mojo?
By: Sari Lewis
â€œMojo . . . libido, life force, essence, the right stuff . . . what the French call a certain, â€˜I donâ€™t know what.â€™â€ - Dr. Evil, Austin Powers
So . . . IS there a connection between exercise, healthy life choices ... and libido?
Moderate exercise, stretching and deep breathing, sufficient hydration, good nutrition and restful sleep - all contribute to an improved sex drive. An imbalance in any of these areas can disrupt the libido.
Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine all have negative effects on blood chemistry, which can also reduce libido. Over-exercising may be detrimental to hormone balance and drive, as well.
Moderate exercise releases endorphins - a substance produced in the pituitary gland, resembling morphine - to the brain. Endorphins are responsible for the â€˜feel goodâ€™ sensation associated with exercise and excitement.
Overall, most of us feel better about ourselves by participating in regular exercise. We often feel more energetic, less stressed, more flexible and have a better sense of body image.
The endorphin release and the increase in circulation and testosterone production that comes from moderate exercise may increase overall sex drive and potency in both men and women.
Having sex, or exercising our â€˜mojoâ€™ - burns calories, reduces stress and fatigue and contributes to improved flexibility, muscular strength and cardio endurance. Sounds like a win:win situation to me!