Sex and exercise are closely related.

Just witness the sweating, grunting, lunging, thrusting glory of gym activity. We gaze at ourselves in the floor-to-ceiling mirrors, sweat dripping, lips pouting, breath coming hard and heavy, looking deep into our own eyes.

I mean, come on. Some people in the gym practically scream the famous line from "Silence of the Lambs" as spoken by serial killer Buffalo Bill: "I'd f*ck me."

The good news for all the gym rats out there—and for all the yogis, athletes and other fitness devotees—is that regular exercise can directly benefit you in the boudoir. Here are a few ways exercise has an impact.

1. Circulation

Blood flow is crucial to healthy erectile function. Even a short walk, a few lunges or just some pushups on the regular can help get the blood flowing where it needs to be.

And if you really want to improve your sex life, amp up the aerobic exercise. According to a study published in 2019 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, both men and women saw significant improvement