Fireworks in the bedroom

Fireworks night is all about bangs and explosions – what better excuse is there to talk about SEX and, more specifically, how exercise can improve your sex life?!

Medical research suggests the fitter you are, the better your sex life is. Regular exercise improves both mental (self-esteem, confidence etc.) and physical health (stamina, energy, healthy BMI etc.) both of which are essential to a healthy interest in, and ability to enjoy, sex.

When exercising your brain releases endorphins that in turn stimulate the release of sex hormones getting you in the mood for sex. Cardiovascular exercise makes the heart race and gets the blood pumping around the body, including to those intimate areas. Weight (or strength) training increases the levels of testosterone, the hormone of arousal, in both men and women. To reap the benefits of this testosterone boost you should aim to weight train 2-3 times per week. Regular weight training can also stabilise men’s testosterone levels which normally decline with age and can also reduce erectile problems. Improved muscle tone from weight training can increase sexual gratification too as orgasms depend on multiple muscle activity.

It has been said that the brain may be the most important sexual organ, feeling sexy and self-confident is a state of mind. Stress is one of the biggest inhibitors to a healthy sex life. Stressed, anxious and depressed people are usually unable to enjoy a healthy sex life. Women in particular find it difficult to switch off their thoughts, worries, concerns etc. so their minds have the tendency to wander during sex. Exercise acts as a temporary diversion to daily stresses and it improves self-esteem. Mood improvements may also occur due to the increased secretion of endorphins and changes in hormones, during and after exercise, which can affect mood and anxiety levels. Exercise such as yoga can put you more in tune with your body and emotions and help clear your mind of stresses. Yoga can also improve your flexibility, enabling you to try new adventurous positions in the bedroom.

This Fireworks Night why not exercise with your partner so you can spend quality time together, get those hearts racing, the adrenaline pumping and the hormones zinging around your bodies. For the ultimate couples workout – work up a sweat in the bedroom. Sex can burn up to 230 calories in 30 minutes and up to 600 if you are standing.

Enjoy the Fireworks!