Eat, Exercise, Relax, and Sleep Your Way to Better Sex

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Thought about leading a healthier lifestyle but haven’t gotten around to doing it? Here’s a possible incentive: Experts say people who are mentally and enough sleep.

One big reward, though, is to look and feel better — arguably a plus for good romantic and sensual activities.

Eat Right

While there is no proven connection between a balanced diet and bedroom performance, a poor diet can cause health problems that can possibly interfere with sex.

Studies show animals that get too few calories tend to have weakened immune systems, says John Allred, PhD, professor emeritus of obesity problem, in which people eat too much food and aren’t active enough.

Move That Body

Being physically active can be a natural Viagra boost, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), which recommends 20 to 30 minutes of moderate exertion a day.

“Men and women who exercise regularly are going to have increased levels of desire,” says Cedric Bryant, PhD, ACE’s chief exercise physiologist. “They’re going to have enhanced confidence, enhanced ability to achieve orgasm, and greater sexual satisfaction.”

If that isn’t motivation enough to work out, consider this: Researchers have found that there is a correlation between waist size and a man’s odds of having erectile dysfunction (ED). The larger the man’s waist size, the greater his chance of having ED (because of a higher risk of underlying sleep deprivation. Research shows people who don’t catch enough winks tend to:

  • Get into more accidents. Inadequate sleep affects perception and motor skills.
  • Find it harder to lose weight. Not enough shut-brain may be the most important sex organ of all. It is perhaps in the mind where beliefs take hold and flourish about the effects of certain foods on sexual prowess, even as scientists deny any direct connection between diet and erotic fitness.

    It is in the mind that people feel self-confident when they like the effects of exercise on their bodies. It is also where they feel happy and energized once they’ve gotten enough sleep.

    Yet the inner workings of the brain can also keep a person from focusing on the delights of bedroom actions.

    “In order to have a really healthy and pleasurable sex life, you have to be able to dismiss work; you have to be able to unwind and experience pleasure,” says Zager. She says this means being able to temporarily forget about what your boss said, what was in the memo, what bills need to be paid, and what the children need.

    Sex requires relaxation and time, adds Zager, noting that some couples may be too stressed and busy to enjoy or even have intercourse. She suggests setting priorities.

“Just how important is sex to you and your partner?” asks Zager. If it is vital to your relationship, she advises finding a way to work it into your schedule and working on making yourself less stressed or tired.

Some recommendations include eliminating some activities from your busy life, delegating jobs to someone else (by giving it to a partner, or hiring someone to do it), and doing an across-the-board cut in time spent on each activity.

To unwind, Zager suggests taking 5 to 30 minutes either to walk, meditate, take a hot bath, do yoga, or sit by yourself. This time can help charge personal batteries and can help make transitions between your work, family, and sex life.

To Your Bedroom Health

Living healthy may, indeed, have its benefits. If you eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, sleep enough, and take time to relax, there’s a good chance your life between the sheets will improve.

Of course, there is no guarantee. But, as Zager says, it all forms a really good foundation.

“If you’ve got a good foundation of stress management, and setting your priorities, and taking good care of yourself, then on top of that, you can build relationships with other people and an enjoyable sex life,” she says.