Another article I wrote a few years back for Examiner...
Exercise may be your ticket to a sensuous evening of pleasure this Valentine’s Day. After all, looking good and feeling good play a big part in sexual libido. But anyone who’s ever skimmed the pages of the Kama Sutra knows that great sex involves more than toned biceps.
Some sexy statistics
According to the American Council on Exercise a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that men who exercised vigorously for 20 to 30 minutes were half as likely to have erection problems as men who didn’t. They found that as men gained weight, they were more likely to experience erectile dysfunction. A correlation exists for women too. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that vaginal response (calculated by measuring blood flow in genital tissue) was 169 percent greater after exercising. Another study done at Harvard University revealed that both male and female swimmers in their 60s reported sex lives comparable to people in the general population twenty years younger.
Get that body sexy
The line between fitness and sexuality has been blurred even more by the explosion of strip aerobics and pole dancing videos. Crunch Fitness has offered cardio striptease classes since 2001 and founder Jeff Costa has worked with a number of celebrity clients, including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Christina Applegate, Lisa Rinna, Mariah Carey and Carmen Electra. One of these DVDs as a gift will definitely top a box of chocolates--for both of you.
Traditionally, Pilates (a form of mind/body exercise that focuses on the core muscle groups in the abs and lower back) incorporates contraction and relaxation of the pelvic floor (also known as Kegels) in time with certain movements. In addition to helping with urinary continence, strengthening this muscle group can lead to improved orgasms. Pilates is also a great stress reliever, which will make you more likely to be in the mood.
Want specific exercises for staying fit between the sheets? Men’s Health has designed a Better-Sex Workout Plan aimed at improving strength, stamina and flexibility of the muscles that lead to great performance—the core to perfect those thrusting motions and chest, shoulders and triceps to build a strong base.
So cram a work out in to your schedule today, and you just might be working it tonight.