Calling all gym buffs – you’re onto a very good thing. Regular exercise can significantly improve your sex life, in a number of ways. Getting into fitness means more than a swing in your step and a full laundry basket, exercise plays an important role in sexual satisfaction, and has surprising bedroom benefits.

If you need any more of a reason to sign up to that spinning class, read on for a breakdown of what exercise can do for you:

Understandably, if you are doing exercises that increase your heart rate and increase your fitness, this will translate into the bedroom, too.

If you find yourself having to have a breather during sex, or switch up or slow down unwillingly when a position is good but you’re tired, exercise could allow your muscles to hold out longer by using energy more efficiently.

Sex itself is a physical activity, which requires strength and endurance. Exercising will ensure that your strength and endurance meet their potential, and give you great control over your body and stamina.

Nobody feels like ripping off their partner’s clothes when they are sad and stressed, yet exercise is a great way to help you to relax. Exercise is a proven stress reliever, and when we exercise we release endorphins, which are mood-boosting hormones.

A good one for your body and mind is yoga, which helps to activate a relaxation response in your body, even if only practiced for as little time as fifteen minutes. Your body has a natural stress-resistant system, and when following a yoga routine you can improve desire, arousal, and lubrication.

As you begin to sweat, and breath heavier increasing your heart rate, you are teaching your body to deal with stress, anxiety and worry in a more effective way.

When blood pumps around your body due to cardiovascular exercise, blood also surges into the clitoral bulbs, making it highly responsive to pleasure.

The tissue that forms the clitoris contains 8,000 nerve fibres, extending into the whole pelvic region, making it sensitive to the touch, and perfect for sexual arousal.

Jennifer R. Berman, a practicing urologist and women’s sexual health expert, says: “Exercise can be responsible blood flow increases to your brain and your genital area. Anything that improves health in any way has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory elements, and it’s working all over.”

If you often feel self-conscious, going to the gym will help you to shed your inhibitions. Carrying extra weight can cause worry and embarrassment in the bedroom.

No matter how much you crave sex, if when you are in the moment you can only think about whether this position is totally unflattering for your wobbly parts, you will shy away from intimacy.

Hitting the gym will increase muscle definition and shed pounds, whilst boosting your mood, confidence, and giving you a new lease for life, so you will definitely want to leave the lights on!

Studies show that those who exercise frequently are more likely to become aroused and orgasm quicker and more intensely.

In one study, female participants’ arousal was monitored while watching a short adult film after 20 minutes of vigorous cycling, and then when they watched it without cycling prior.

The women who took part were 169% more aroused when they had just exercised thoroughly, and therefore much more responsive to sexual pleasure.

You could try doing some kegel exercises in the gym, such as squats and glute bridges, which will strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which are what contract when you have an orgasm. Keeping those muscles strong = amazing orgasms.

Exercise is not the only factor that may increase a person’s sexual pleasure, and will work even better in conjunction with healthy eating habits, not smoking, and sleeping well.

So if you are already a fitness fanatic, or need some motivation to begin, a healthy lifestyle and exercise is proven to be the answer to a perfect relationship between exercise and better sex.