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Exercise has benefits in the bedroom

Rhonda Beckham

Spring has arrived, and the air is charged with romance. Everyone knows all the great benefits of exercising your body. But did you know working out can improve your sex life?

Studies show that having an active, intimate sex life with your partner is key to nourishing a long-lasting and happy relationship. Research has found a direct correlation between regular physical exercise and increased sexual potency – for both men and women.

Keep in mind that both sex and exercise have been proven to help reduce stress, so doing both on a regular basis should help you stay relaxed and happy.

To keep yourself in tip-top condition, consider these many great reasons to work out.

To ensure that lovemaking lasts more than a few minutes, you and your partner need endurance and vigor. To increase stamina and keep your endorphins (those “feel-good hormones”) flowing, cardiovascular workouts are advised three to five days a week for at least 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Any vigorous sport or exercise that gets your heart rate and body temperature up, and your blood pumping will give you that extra boost of energy you will need when it really counts.

Weightlifting at the gym will ensure the right muscles fire up when the heat is on. Lifting lighter weights for several repetitions at a time will tone the upper and lower body. Core strengthening and sit-ups also are recommended to strengthen your abdominal muscles, which are essential to effective lovemaking.

Let’s forget about holding positions for a moment and focus on getting in and out of them. Yoga, a 5,000-year-old practice of integrating the mind, body and spirit, is more than just breathing in and breathing out. In fact, having a regular yoga practice not only makes you more limber, but, more importantly, it also increases blood flow and circulation throughout the body, stimulating all your nerve endings.

When your feel good about your body, you don’t mind showing it, and self-confidence is attractive in itself.

You don’t have to be a world-class “sexpert,” but when you are taking care of your body and looking and feeling your best, your partner may think you are.

– Rhonda Beckham is a nationally certified personal trainer with teaching certificates in Pilates and kickboxing.

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