Regular exercise has a great number of benefits, like reducing your risk of cancer and diabetes, improving sleep and, of course, helping maintain a healthy weight. There's at least one more important benefit—regular exercise can improve your sex life.
According to an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, physical activity is associated with a lower risk for erectile dysfunction. The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that clinical exercise interventions have been shown to improve sexual responses. And the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality reported that people who exercise often "feel better about themselves, believe they are more physically attractive and enjoy sex more often than those who don't."
In line with my Pilates and alignment training, I created a series of exercises for those who want to improve their sexual performance. Each of these exercises targets the reproductive areas of the body with increased blood flow and muscular strength. In addition, these exercises target the small stabilizing muscles that aid in the biomechanics of basic sexual positions.
If you are going to make love often and at your best, you'll want to practice Love-ilates.
Circle of Love
Stand with your knees soft and in a relaxed posture. Slowly breathe in and circle the arms up and around to the side, opening the oblique muscles between the ribs and hips. Hold this position and breathe two deep breaths. Circle your arms down toward your pelvis and up around to the other side. Hold this position and breathe two deep breaths. Reverse the circle and repeat five times.
This stretch helps strengthen the abdominals, internal and external obliques.
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