Va-va-Voom! Sex has a lot of perks. It makes you feel euphoric, loved, and complete. Did you know that regular sex enhances your workout?
It can be a tight circle – exercise improves sex; sex improves exercise. It’s as simple as that. Higher levels of testosterone affect libido and the ‘urge’ for sexual activity. Let’s explore the six ways sex can improve your workout.
1. Terrific Testosterone
A finicky hormone, testosterone is present in both men and women. Both like testosterone because it burns fat, strengthens and builds muscles. Exercises increases testosterone, which increases libido, making sex more satisfying. WebMd reports a new study that indicates that sex may increase testosterone levels, which helps to build strength and stamina at the gym. Be aware that too much time at the gym and overtraining can diminish your testosterone levels and kill your sex drive. Like always, moderation in all things. Spend quality time in the bedroom (or wherever), and quality time at the gym.
2. Improve Performance
Enhanced performance at the gym and in the bedroom are all dependent upon testosterone levels. The important thing to remember is that while you are working out, you are building muscle groups that make the grind even more satisfying. Woman who are sexually active are more flexible and energetic than their counterparts. If you are gyrating and trying different sex positions, it’s a no-brainer – your workout will be much easier. Yoga, Zumba, jogging, weight training, and the rest are so much easier.
3. It’s Good For The Heart
Sex can be a workout. It increases blood flow and circulation, making it an effective cardiovascular health benefit. When your cardio system is in tune, workout time is easier. You will be able to maintain momentum, sustain endurance, and improve your workout. You can burn about 200 calories during vigorous sex. Cupid would agree, sex is good for your heart.
4. Looking Good
Regular intimacy makes you feel loved, sexy, and complete. Your attitude towards exercise and the fact that you look better in your negligée is all the more reason to workout. A great body that rocks a swimsuit, evening gown, or nothing at all, affects attitudes at the gym. Looking good while you are working out, jogging, or playing volleyball on the beach, is appealing. If we look good, we feel good. We want to be appealing in the bedroom, that is why we workout (isn’t it?). Some people may work out just for health benefits only, but having a hot body with no one to share it with is a travesty. Having regular sex gives us motivation and desire to workout. We were created to live a full, abundant life. Go get it.
5. Find Confidence
Intimacy has many perks. One of those perks is the euphoria that comes from someone saying you feel amazing, you have the softest skin, or you are beautiful. When someone holds you in close proximity, telling you how wonderful you are (in and out of bed), your confidence soars. This confidence spills over into your workout and daily tasks. If you have sex prior to running an endurance race, your confidence level rises. You have the confidence to win. We are a complete package. Mental and physical needs are met in one complete moment.
6. Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Workouts can be stressful. We try to exceed our limitations and drive ourselves to more weights, further distances, and extreme limits. Sex can improve your workout by reducing stress and anxiety. In general, most people who are intimate worry less and are less anxious. If you are stressed or suffer from panic attacks, it may keep your from working out. Intimacy with your partner may be the best relief.
Askmen.com reports best exercises that affect your sex drive; bench press, bent-over row, stiff-legged deadlift, shoulder press, back squat, pull-ups, and lunges. When you do these exercises, testosterone levels rise, increasing sex drive.
So, the question is Do I have sex before or after my workout? If certain exercises increase testosterone levels, you may find yourself calling your mate as you walk out of the gym, telling him/her to be prepared because you are hot to trot. Either way, before or after, you may find that making time for sex every day will improve more than just your workout. Besides improving your exercise program, regular intercourse can sharpen your mind. According to the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists, “staying sexually active as you age can sharpen your mind.”
“I think someone should design exercise machines that reward people with sex at the end of their workouts, because people will perform superhuman feats for even the faint hope of that.” Tina Fey, Bossypants