Exercises for Better Sex
Everyone tells you that eating right, reducing stress, and getting enough sleep are good for your health. After all, letting one or even a few of them slide can trigger an immediate ripple effect through most areas of your life. A lack of exercise produces a similar result, but the effect is felt most noticeably in the bedroom.
The lack of a regular fitness regimen does nothing for your sex life; in fact, it actually hampers it. The link between physical exercise and sex should not be underestimated, the effects trickling over into both the physiological and emotional realms.
Effect On The Body
In terms of ‘the moment’ itself, inactive individuals will experience shortness of breath and a lack of stamina soon after commencing any active sexual activity. As well, one’s ability to maintain certain positions for any extended period of time will be limited, and the strength or flexibility required to get into them will be lacking.
Studies show that regular physical conditioning improves sexual vitality and also lowers the risk of Erectile Dysfunction. By engaging in tough workouts, especially compound resistance exercise, there is an increased level of the male sex hormone ‘testosterone’ in the blood for a period of time afterwards. Potency is also preserved through conditioning by preventing testosterone from dropping as a result of having too much excess fat stored on the body. See our upcoming ‘Healthy Body Means Better Sex’ for more information.
Exercising your health through aerobic activity improves blood circulation, which directly correlates to men and women being able to enjoy sexual contact. This is particularly important to consider when one has other limiting factors such as smoking, obesity or heavy alcohol consumption already impinging upon it. Taking part in calisthenics is also a great way to reduce stress and, remember, when there’s too much stress not only does it dampen your libido on a physiological level, it’s mentally more difficult to get in the mood.
Effect On The Mind
When you’re lazy, your libido’s lazy too. Stronger muscles and a healthy heart are sure to improve your ability to lift, pump and thrust your way into the ‘Sexercise’ hall of fame, but keep your fitness in check and you’ll notice as many dramatic improvements happening above the belt as below. Our physical capacity to experience arousal certainly improves with a more active lifestyle, but the psychological advantages can outweigh even the physical.
The physical advantages of exercise are plentiful, but the emotional - and subsequently sexual - gains are incredible. Boosting your fitness not only revitalizes your physical well-being, it has the benefit of enhancing your own sense of attractiveness and, because of that, enriching your attitude. With this new found positive perception, revived confidence, and a better self-image, you’ll naturally feel more desirable and more desiring.
Your Sex Workout Should Include:
1. Sex - Intercourse is a physical activity in itself; you’re burning calories (about 80 calories per every half hour), increasing heart rate, and working your muscles. So when you’re feeling extra frisky, put a little “oomph” into it by being conscious of engaging muscles and trying out more exerting positions.
2. Aerobic Exercise - In order to keep up with the physical demands of enthusiast sex, you’ll need to build up your cardiovascular endurance. Aim for three or four sessions a week of heart pumping exercise like skipping rope, swimming or running. Even starting your heart healthy, sex-life friendly routine with less vigorous activities like walking will get you started on the right path.
3. Strength Training - Strong muscles enable you to enjoy a wide range of sexual positions, the more vigorous of which require short bursts of high exertion. Performing compound resistance exercises (those that work more than one muscle group at a time) will efficiently utilize the time spent working out; focusing a good portion of your energy on larger muscles (such as thighs, chest and back) will give the best bang for your buck, maximizing the physiological ‘charge’ that translates into better sexual performance.
Core muscles - Whether you’re on the bottom or the top, your mid-section is always hard at work, so include exercises that work the abs, like crunches and leg lifts. Remember to balance your abdominal work with moves that tone the lower back.
Squats - Are a great example of a compound resistance exercise, plus they work large muscles (mainly the gluteous maximus and quadriceps) both of which are used intensely during intercourse.
Shoulders - Many on-top positions require strong muscles in the arms, needed to brace for balance and support body weight while thrusting. Thus, make sure you include a number of moves that work the shoulders such as military press, cable-row and pushups.
Any other part of the body you aren’t confident with - Working on the areas of the body that you are self-conscious about not only helps with confidence, it staves off the negative thoughts that distract lovers during sex.
4. Kegels - We can’t forget about exercising the sex muscles themselves. By regularly practicing Kegels, men will experience better ejaculatory control, improved ability to maintain erection, and more powerful orgasms, while women will experience heightened intensity during climax, increased sensitivity in the genitals, and an overall easier time coming to orgasm.
5. Stretching - Flexibility comes in handy when you’re attempting certain sexual positions, and stretching using activities like yoga can help you immensely. As well, stretching helps muscles recover faster after a tough session of strength training.
With all the extra energy from your new healthy habits, what better way to expend it than by working it out in the bedroom? Forget the gym pass. Now that you’re in tip top shape, you’ll be able to work up a sweat with any one of our Exotic sex-positions; these moves are not only exhilarating, they provide both an aerobic and anaerobic workout.