It is safe to assume that most readers are either sexually active, or will be someday. However, I’m fairly certain you don’t often hear exercise and sex in the same breath. Well, if you didn’t know, certain exercises have been known to improve sexual performance.
If you’re looking to increase your sexual desire, forget all the drugs and products from infomercials, and replace them with exercise. Exercise increases circulation, and blood flows more easily ‘down there’ promoting an increase in sexual activity. Exercise also increases your energy level, and improves your stamina and endurance, allowing you to try more in bed.
Researchers at the University of California performed a study of inactive men and women in their 30s and 40s, by putting them on one hour of cardiovascular exercise programs (like running, swimming, and cycling) three times a week. The researchers found that all the participants reported that they had more frequent sex, better sexual desire and function, and a higher level of satisfaction. Go figure.
Improving your flexibility can also promote sexual activity. If you do exercises like yoga, pilates, any form of dance, or even if you consistently stretch after exercise, you are improving the range of motion of your joints. Improving your flexibility improves circulation, and also gives you the confidence to try new things.
Apart from cardiovascular exercises, some specific exercises that can help to build performance and promote sexual activity are:
• Pelvic lifts: Lie on your back, place your feet on the ground, and open your knees about hip-width apart. Tighten your abs, and lift your pelvic region with your back straight. Hold the position a count of 5, and then lower back down. Do as many as you can.
• The butterfly: I’m sure you’ve seen the yoga position where people are seated on the ground, with the soles of their feet touching each other. This is called the butterfly. Hold your ankles to keep the feet together, and open up the knees as much as possible towards the ground, with one knee on your left, and the other on your right side. Try to do this without forcing your knees. Hold this position for a count of 5, bring knees back in, and then reopen knees and repeat. To make it a little more effective, you can lie on your back while you do this.
• Belly blaster: Assume the upper push-up position, but balance also with your elbows on the floor, not just your palms. Tighten your stomach and lift your butt up, like you’re in a downward facing dog position, but with your elbows still on the floor. Come back down and repeat. Do as many as you can.
Finally, the last part of exercise for sex is to exercise the actual muscles used during sex. Have you heard of Kegel exercises? Most people think these exercises are just for women, but they are for men as well. They are very easy actually. Simply hold in your genital muscles like you would when you’re holding pee. The only difference is that this is more controlled. Tighten your muscles for about 3 seconds, and then release. Do as many as you can. After a while, you’ll be able to do more and more. They are very easy, and you can do them anywhere.
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