Most people know that running is good for you, but did you know that you can learn how to run to prevent impotence? Impotence (also called "Erectile Dysfunction") is defined by the National Institute of Health as the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Impotence can also relate to lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation or orgasm. Impotence is estimated to affect 15 to 30 million men. Your risk for developing impotence increases with age, but you can prevent impotence at any age. Running is a great way to prevent impotence. Learn how to run to prevent impotence here.
In order to learn how to run to prevent impotence, you will need:
- Permission from your doctor to begin an exercise program
- To make sure that your impotence is not from a heart problem or diabetes
- Run for at least 30 minutes 6 times a week. Studies show that running 3-5 hours a week is the most effective at preventing impotence. Running improves your cardiovascular system, making it more efficient. Cardiovascular problems have been linked to impotence. Conversely, too much exercise has also been linked to impotence, so don't go overboard.
- Practice good form. Researchers have demonstrated that strengthening the pelvic muscles can reduce impotence. Running strengthens your pelvic muscles, but you have to run tall and propel yourself forward with your hip flexors in order to isolate your pelvic muscles. Lean slightly forward and let your motion come from your hip flexors and lean into the motion. Use your arms for balance and keep them close to your body.
- Run consistently to lose weight. Maintaining a healthy weight prevents erectile dysfunction. If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is over 25, you are considered overweight, which increases your risk for developing impotence (among other health problems). A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese and further increases your risk for impotence. You can maintain a healthy weight or lose weight by running consistently at least 4 times a week. If you aren't sure if you are overweight, calculate your BMI at the World Health Organization site http://apps.who.int/bmi
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