The best workouts and exercise moves to get your groove on
Séx life in a slump? Put down the Harlequin, and pick up your sneakers. Research shows that a little huffing and puffing in the gym can lead to more heavy breathing in the bedroom. “Exercise makes you feel better and improves your energy level and self-image,” says American Council on Exercise spokesman Richard Cotton. Exercise also keeps your “equipment” in better running condition.
- Gives you more energy
- Tones muscles, burns fat, and helps you feel better about your body
- Boosts your mood and sense of well-being so you feel séxier, more confident
- Builds strong and flexible muscles, so you’ll be less worried about hurting yourself
- Provides physical fun you can have with your mate, so you feel closer
Additionally, a Boston University School of Medicine study found that sedentary men could significantly lower their risk of erectile dysfunction by burning at least 200 calories a day (the equivalent of walking about 2 miles briskly). Women benefit too, says female séxuality researcher Cindy Meston, PhD, who found that women are more séxually responsive following 20 minutes of vigorous exercise. “Exercise activates the sympathetic nervous system, which encourages bloodflow to the genital region,” she says. “It’s better than a glass of wine or a bubble bath.”
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While any type of exercise can do the trick, says séx therapist Laura Berman, PhD, coauthor of For Women Only, here are a few that may be more likely to get you in an amorous mood:
- Pilates increases blood flow to the pelvic region.
- Strength training builds and stretches your love-life muscles and boosts confidence.
- Belly dancing loosens your hips and pelvis.
- Taking walks together (while talking!) can do wonders for the emotional aspects of a relationship.
- Yoga increases flexibility.
- Doubles tennis builds teamwork—as long as one of you isn’t too competitive.
- Salsa, tango, or swing dance lessons offer a reason to hold each other close—and set off at least a few sparks!