Five simple techniques for a stronger erection

The penis is the most temperamental part of a man’s body. It tends to get too excited for its own good. It can show up in a big way at inopportune times while retreating from duty when you need it most.

Though you may never be able to predict how your penis will behave, there are steps you can take to make sure that when it comes time to perform, your erections are on point.

Hit the gym
Blood flow is the key to a healthy erection, and there is nothing that encourages blood flow like aerobic exercise. Not only does it keep you in shape, it builds the body’s nitric oxide, which helps maintain erections. But, while running is great, stay off the bike if you can help it. Plus, those tight shorts can’t help, either.

Put the cigarettes away
In a study conducted at the University of Kentucky, researchers found that when asked to rate their sex lives on a scale of 1 to 10, men who smoked averaged about a 5, while nonsmokers rated theirs a 9.

One reason is that smoking is a known cause of impotence, and there is some evidence that smoking affects erection strength— and size. We have yet to hear a better reason to quit.

Stay faithful
It is common for men who start having affairs to stop having erections. So common, in fact, that doctors who treat erectile dysfunction often ask their patients if they are getting any action on the side. That is because guilt can turn to anxiety, and that can kill an erection.

Start walking
In one recent study, researchers found that men who walk just 2 miles a day had half the rate of erection problems of men who spent most of their day seated in one place. Twenty minutes of jogging or 30 minutes of weight training will work, too.