What’s your excuse for not having enough fun in the bedroom (or any other room for that matter)? Are you too tired? Is sex too strenuous? Do you feel lacklustre when it comes to your love life?
Getting more exercise is not only good for your total wellbeing, it can also help to enhance your pleasure levels – both mentally, physically and, hopefully, sexually.
So don’t waste your time doing any old exercises. Here are seven of the best for improving your sex life. Oh, and even if you’re not having much sex at the moment, they’re mighty good for you, anyway.
1. Heavy breathing
Any exercise that increases your heart rate and gets you breathing harder also boosts your blood flow. That means women can become more aroused and men can have stronger erections. For decent cardio exercises, think vigorous walks or bike rides.
2. Get wet
Did you know that male and female swimmers in their 60s have the sex life of a 40-year-old? Yep, researchers at Harvard University found that not only does swimming build endurance, improve flexibility and strength, burn calories, boost blood flow and reduce stress, it also gives you the thrust of a much younger person.
3. Get to the core
Your core is quite possibly the most important part of your body, underpinning every movement and everything you do. It’s the trunk from which your branches grow, so it goes without saying that any exercise that strengthens your core will go a long way towards improving your overall health and fitness.
4. Frog in your pants
Standing with your legs apart and squatting is called a frog pose – and it’s a fantastic hip opener that stretches your inner thighs and groin, and makes you more flexible for lovemaking.
5. Put the kegel on
Kegels were created to treat incontinence, but they double to strengthen your pelvic floor, which helps give you more powerful orgasms or, in the case of men, prevent premature ejaculation.
Here’s how to do kegels correctly:
- locate the muscles you use to stop peeing
- for three seconds, squeeze these same muscles (i.e. pretend to stop peeing), then relax them for three seconds, taking care not to contract your stomach or thigh muscles
- repeat 10–15 times per session, three times per day
- each week, add one extra second until you’re doing it for 10 seconds at a time
Don’t practise kegels while you urinate, though, as you can damage the bladder.
6. Plank once a day
Planking strengthens your transversus abdominis – the deepest layer of your ab muscles – as well as your arms and thighs. It’s also great for making your butt pop and it helps to make you more stable overall. If you can plank once a day, building up to 60 seconds at a time, your body will benefit hugely. Take it slow – if you can’t do a full plank on your toes, start on your knees until you build up enough strength.
7. Elvis was onto something
Although he was known as ‘The King of Foreplay’, Elvis’s incessant pelvic thrusting must have made him quite the powerful pusher in the sack. Pelvic thrusts, such as those pictured, work your glutes, buttocks, hamstrings and calves, and help to build strength, stamina and flexibility.
Here’s a tip …
Exercising together also helps to spark arousal. So, the next time you want to get sweaty, book in an exercise date and you’ll not only benefit physically, but also emotionally and, fingers crossed, sexually.
Do you regularly do any of those exercises? Are there some you hate but do anyway? Do you add in any others? Why not share your thoughts in the comments section below?