You know your morning power walk protects your heart and that your Wednesday night yoga class calms your mind. Now it's time to let these exercises spice things up in the sack. Read on and learn how the right moves can get you in the mood, increase your (and his) pleasure and more.
The Workout Move: Power Walking
The sneaky sex benefit: Circulation! Circulation! Circulation! Doing brisk laps around your neighborhood (or anywhere) improves blood flow to your entire body. Why this helps: At even the slightest hint that sex could be on the horizon - say, a flirty glance or arm caress from your guy - your body sends blood to your nether region, which triggers that ready-for-action feeling. The better your circulation, the more blood will make it down south, and the more aroused you'll feel, says Howard Glazer, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Any heart-pumping activity - walking, jogging, dancing - will do the trick, says Susan Lewis, M.D., director of the Women's Program at the Center for Sports Medicine at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. To reap bedroom benefits, aim for at least 20 minutes of aerobic activity three to four times a week.
The Workout Move: Skating with Your Kids
The sneaky sex benefit: Hitting the rink strengthens your inner thighs (a typically weak area for women), which can make intercourse more exciting. Tone these muscles and you'll find that when you squeeze them together during sex, the walls of your vagina feel tighter - a plus for him and you, says Jennifer Berman, M.D., urologist and director of the Female Sexual Medicine Center at UCLA Medical Center. Another way to power up those thighs: Do plié squats, says Kristen Gagne, personal training manager at Equinox Fitness Clubs in Woodbury, New York. Put your hands on your hips, take a wide stance (feet should be more than shoulder-width apart) and turn your toes out slightly. With your torso upright, squat until your hips are almost parallel to your knees. Hold for two counts and return to starting position. To feel the benefit, do three sets of 15 squats three times a week.