Sex & Fitness: How Fitness Can Boost Your Sex Life, Part 1

By Liz DiAlto & Sarah Jenks

In this two-part article (Part 2 will be up next week), we’re going to change the way you think about your workouts and your sex life and reveal the many ways in which the two are intertwined. By the time we’re done with you, your appreciation for both should be at an all time high. And, we’re pretty confident you’ll be approaching your next sweat session, be it at the gym or in the bedroom, with greater gusto than ever before!

 

How Fitness Can Boost Your Sex Life

 

The Problem: I’m too stressed to have sex, plus I don’t have any time!

A lot of women have to-do lists a mile long, causing frequent (sometimes even chronic) stress. When stressed, our bodies release hormones meant to aide in our survival in a life-threatening situation. And while this response is adaptive in truly life-threatening situations, that fast-approaching deadline (no matter what your boss says) is far from life or death. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t know that and the surge in hormones can send our libidos plummeting.

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The Sexy Solution: Fitness!

Exercise, which gets your blood flowing and your breath going, releases chemicals that counteract your stress response while also giving you a break from the daily grind. The result: you’ll not only set yourself up for a stronger sex-drive by reducing stress, but also you will begin a practice of making time for yourself.  Plus, working out and having sex is the best way to “re-fuel” so that you’ll have the energy to spend on your busy life.

 

The Problem: I don’t want to be seen without my clothes (especially not with the lights on!)

As women, we often forget that beautiful and sexy are multifaceted. There is no cookie cutter definition of either. So if you don’t think you’re beautiful, if you don’t feel sexy when you look in the mirror without clothes on, ask yourself, “Why?” Is it because you don’t look like the airbrushed celebrities in your favorite magazine or because Cosmo isn’t calling you to shoot this month’s cover? To that we say, “Who cares?!” Dig deep and choose what’s beautiful and sexy about you-rather than accept what pop culture and multimedia dictates it should be. Why is this so important? Because it gives you the power and it plants the seed for confidence.

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The Sexy Solution: Get Confident!

Ladies, sex and working out have a few obvious things in common: they’re hot and potentially sweaty, they get your heart rate up, can be rough, euphoric and involve deep desire for something you want. They both also help boost your confidence. And the bottom line is this: if you love your body, your lover will too. Confidence makes any package sexier, so even if you’re not 100% comfortable in your skin, walking around as if you are (we’ve all heard the old adage, “fake it ‘til you make it”) is super hot. And although you can’t touch confidence or draw a picture of it, you can feel it and harness it in ways that are sexier than any body fat percentage or number on a scale. So, the next time you hit the gym or the sack, pretend that you are the most fit woman there, or the sexiest femme on the planet.  Take that feeling, and use it to fuel your sex and fitness ambitions from now on.  Eventually, you won’t be faking it anymore, you’ll be making it!

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