16 Aug ARE YOU FIT FOR SEX?
Affirmative. A fit and fueled body amps confidence, improves sensitivity and verbal and nonverbal communication. Not only do we feel sexier when our bodies are on point, but science also proves that obesity frequently reduces testosterone levels, resulting in erectile dysfunction in men and low sex drive in both sexes. Maintaining a healthy weight is key to sexual function, and surely, having a body you take pride in increases your ability to connect between the sheets.
A natural healthy diet is key to making exercise work for you. Stick with what was growing or grazing in the field and swimming in the sea: veggies and fruits, eggs, lean meat and fish, nuts, in as minimally processed form as possible. In particular, the following foods can be credited with improving sex life:
- Mackerel and wild salmon are rich in omega-3s, which improve nerve function.
- Unsalted nuts and seeds, green vegetables, root vegetables, garlic, chickpeas and edamame are great sources of L-arginine, which improves circulation, and thus arousal in both men and women.
- Daily multivitamins further improve circulation and neurological function.
Like the food, think, “good for heart, good for sex” regarding fitness. Five to six workouts a week of different types will keep you tight and toned, keys to looking good in more than just candlelight.
- Add some Pilates and yoga in for spice. The increased range of motion will allow you to try challenging positions, engage more muscles—even ones you didn’t know you had—in all activities. Translation: increased metabolism, head to toe coordination and add brute power too.
- Strength training will aid your more athletic sexual positions. Focus on your ability to lift and hold your weight, or that of your partner, creatively to get through another set.
- Get at least three 30-60 minute cardio sessions per week. More time is not always better. Focus on the quality vs. sheer quantity. Add interval training to improve circulatory function. After a warm-up, try 30-60 seconds sprinting, then equivalent time (more if needed) recovering. As you increase your rate of recovery, start decreasing the rest you permit between sprints. A 2:1 ratio, like 30 seconds of sprinting to15 seconds of recovery, always kicks my butt. This trains your heart, lungs, and the rest of your cardio-respiratory system to work efficiently around the clock, and is poised for ACTION—in all its forms.