You already know that exercise does wonders for your body and your mind, but did you know that exercise sessions also boost your libido? It’s true. Scientists have found a strong link between exercise and sex. But not every workout is bound to make you better in the bedroom.
According to one study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, moderate exercise can boost your libido by changing your hormone levels, mood, and brain chemistry. Researchers studied a small group of women and found that after running at a reasonable pace on a treadmill they were more responsive to erotic cues. So, certain workouts might work as foreplay—even if you do them alone.
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But exercising with your sweetie can also provide benefits, says Pam Spurr, Ph.D., a sex and relationship expert and author of Sex Academy, Essential Lessons in Seduction and Spectacular Sex. She developed the term “beforeplay” to describe activities outside the bedroom, like exercise, that involve “a little flirting, a little teasing, and having fun with each other during the day.” She says “beforeplay” ramps up sexual tension and helps to set up the possibility of more excitement later on.
“Exercise is fantastic for your sex life,” says Spurr. “Not only do you get your heart rate and circulation pumping, but you also feel more alive and you get fitter to enjoy a more active sex life.” Learning about your body and making it stronger naturally keeps you focused on your physical responses, which is crucial to experiencing full sexual pleasure, says Spurr. Almost any exercise that you do before sex is likely to provide some bedroom benefit. But, by scheduling your workouts carefully, your fitness routine can boost your performance potential as well.
Researchers and experts suggest that the best workouts before sex boost your body confidence, moderately increase your heart rate, and improve flexibility. Workouts that exhaust you are better off reserved for days when you don’t have a fun night ahead with your partner.
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