If you’re trying to impress and please your partner, poor cardio will probably leave you gasping for breath. Getting in shape will not only make sex hotter for the two (or more) parties… it’ll also be easier.
Studies show regular exercise can not only improve sex but also decrease the likelihood of sexual dysfunction. While all exercise is generally good for you, there are some exercises that are better than others for sexual performance.
Let’s start with the basics. Running is as simple as it comes. Humans have been doing it for centuries—chasing dinner across the African veldt, or alternately running away from animals wanting to turn them into dinner.
Running is a wonderful way to free your body and mind of stress, like surplus energy, tension and adrenalin. Let me remind you that stress is a serious libido killer. It’s pretty likely that if you’re suffering stress, sex may not be the #1 thing on your mind.
That’s where running comes in. Throw on a good pair of running shoes and take a jog to bring down your anxiety, release feel-good endorphins, and increase your sex drive.
2. Gymnastics/Pole Dancing/Pilates
The Snake. The Arch. The Zombie. The Butterfly. The Cross. No, not the latest DC or Marvel superhero movie. Challenging sex positions. Which, let’s be honest, you’re going to miss out on unless you get flexible.
The reality is some sex positions are tricky.
You don’t need to be Nadia Comăneci (but it sure helps).
Gymnastics, despite the misconception, is something anyone can learn at any age. If that sounds too daunting, book yourself into a Pilates class. For the adventurous, there’s pole dancing. And no, isn’t it obvious that a pole is not just for women!
It’s all about better flexibility, greater strength in the upper-body and improved abdominal power.
A perfect handstand is one skill everyone should master.
“Swimming for at least 30 minutes three times a week will increase sexual endurance,” says Pete McCall, an exercise physiologist and personal trainer for the American Council on Exercise.
Because sex can be an act of endurance, long-distance swimming will get you into condition to keep going and going. Just like an energizer battery.
Harvard University carried out a study of 160 swimmers in their 40s and 60s and found a positive correlation between regular swimming and the amount and enjoyment of sex.
Swimming is an exercise which helps tone the pelvic floor muscles, which can increase the sexual experience.
Swimming is also a non-impact activity, which is helpful for weight loss, which can also lead to better sex.
Yoga, especially Bikram yoga. This is a kind of ‘hot’ yoga involving the practice of a set of 26 poses and two breathing exercises in a room with temperatures of at least 40°C (105 °F). Yes, you will get all hot and sweaty.
As an aside, sweat glands release a hormone called androstadienone, which turns women on when they smell it. Researchers found that women who sniffed androstadienone increased their sexual arousal levels by 200%. So don’t be afraid to get hot and sweaty. It may do guys good in more ways than one.
Practised as a couple, Bikram yoga stimulates sexual relationships as it strengthens confidence, relaxation, and enjoyment. Along with a reduction in stress levels, Bikram yoga should help you sleep better, which will surely boost your sex drive.
Cycling makes you fit. Just check out the Dutch. Being fit makes you feel better about yourself and more confident. Researchers at the University of Arkansas carried out a study of more than 400 men and women, and discovered those who were physically fit rated their own sexual desirability much higher than did the unfit subjects. A mere 2 rides per week can boost your body image.
Regular riding also helps trigger the release of endocannabinoids, the stress-busting, feel-good chemicals. Sure, endocannabinoids can be obtained from other form of exercise like running—but not everyone can run long enough to get the fix. Because cycling gets your legs moving and heart pumping without rattling your joints, you can get a buzz no matter current fitness level.
Plus, there’s all that Lycra.
So, where do you begin?
Most experts, including the Mayo Clinic, recommend the best way to start new sports activity is slowly. So that means being realistic about your abilities and competing only with yourself (doing the best that you can, and not worrying about other people). This way, you get to feel a sense of achievement and are more likely to enjoy and stick with your chosen sport.
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