An Epidemiologist with the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr Ismail AbdusSalam, says regular physical exercise promotes sexual performance in male and female.
AbdusSalam, who is also a Consultant Public Health Physician, said “this is because regular exercises have a lot to do with production of testosterones in male’’.
He spoke on the sideline of the 4thannual “Walk For Life’’ exercise organised by the Human Concern Foundation International (HCFI), an organ of The Muslim Congress (TMC) on Sunday in Lagos.
“It has been documented that when you perform regular exercise, it also promotes your sexual performance as male and as female, because these regular exercises have a lot to do with production of testosterones in male.
“And also in female, it has been found that this regular exercise promotes the sex drive and also the ability of that person to actually have sex satisfaction.
“Aside that, regular exercises also solve sleep problems that some people do have.
“So, in all, regular exercise promote health, increase the flow of blood, solves sleep problem and aside that, so many other diseases are prevented.
“And also, it has been found to also solve the issue of mood problems.
The consultant, who is also one of the Board of Directors of HCFI further linked the importance of regular exercise to improvement in the nation’s economic productivity.
“Definitely, the productive segment of the population; if they are very active; if they are physically fit; it is going to prevent sickness absenteeism from work and it’s going to increase productivity.
“Because the more you have your workforce being present at work, it increases the productivity of those people and increases our economic drive.
“So our economic is going to be boosted when you have people who are working, who are physically fit, especially the productive segment.
“And for the elderly too, it (exercise) has been found to be useful for the elderly because they age actively when you do exercises, there are a lot of diseases that are going to be prevented.
“You know that for elderly, when you grow old, your arteries harden and when they harden, they promote the formation of clot within the blood which can pre-dispose to stroke.
“So they avoid that. The issue of urinary incontinence; the issue of cancer; issue of respiratory problems, all these are solved with good regular exercises.
“Regular is very important. If it is only 10 minutes or 20 minutes per day, look at it stretched over a week; that is almost 140 minutes.
“And it has been found that exercises for as long as 150 minutes per week to improves the performance of the heart.
The physical exercise, which involved trekking for more than five kilometres from Jibowu Bus stop to Maryland and back to starting point, drew about 5,000 participants.
Men of the Lagos State Traffic Management (LASMA) were on hand to guard the participants and control the traffic on the ever busy Lagos-Ikorodu expressway during the exercise.