7 Ways Sex and Fitness are Great for Your Health
Heat up your Valentine’s Day in both the bedroom and the gym this year, and you’ll be one happy, healthy woman! Dinner reservations, a bottle of champagne, and a tight LBD can sometimes be a little overrated.
So this year, combine your love for your honey and your love for yourself and make this Valentine’s Day hotter and fitter than ever! Here are seven reasons why bettering your love life can better your fitness life and vice versa!
1. Improves Mood
Did you know that a night spent under the sheets and a night spent demolishing a tough workout can both give you the same feel-good endorphins? Endorphins are released through your pituitary gland and have an analgesic effect on your nervous system. When you are spending some quality time with your partner, or reach a certain intensity in your workouts, you literally create an opioid-like response and thus improve your mood.
2. Chemical Connection
Because your endorphins increase during sex and exercise, you also increase connectivity to your partner and to yourself. When you have a stronger connection to the person you are spending your time with, you also get increased support into other areas of your life. And as we know at Kaia FIT, a solid support system can have lasting effects on your life, happiness, and workouts. Plus, why not combine both elements and get your loved one out for a run? A healthy house is a happy house!
3. Confidence Booster
Have you ever heard the saying, “Look better naked?” While we may want to look our best for our significant other, it’s more about your relationship with your body confidence. Since sex helps you to feel good and feel more connected with your person, it also makes you feel more in tune with your body. Passion helps you feel as confident as when you regularly get to the gym and start seeing results. We all want to have stronger relationships where we feel recognized, appreciated, and motivated to live our best life!
4. Cardio Time
Cardiovascular training is always a great idea! Did you know that walking at a brisk pace for 30 minutes can burn around 300 calories? While having “relations” with your Valentine may not burn quite as many calories, a 30-minute romp session can still burn around 100. Here nor there, both forms of exercise still get your heart rate up and burn off a few extra calories. Increase the intensity and up goes your metabolic effect. We’ll let you use your imagination on the “how”!
5. Core Power
Let’s cut to the chase about your core and pelvic floor! Your pelvic floor muscles, fascia (connective tissue), and nerves all support your bladder function as well as your uterus and vagina. Strengthening the pelvic floor through power yoga, breathing techniques, and yes-sex, can help prevent incontinence, aid in childbirth, and possibly even increase your sexual enjoyment. Some core and pelvic floor exercises include kegel exercises, reverse crunches, and plank holds with a yoga block between your thighs.
6. Nutrition Motivation
Food is fuel no matter how you look at it. In order to have an effective workout in the gym, make sure to eat a healthy snack 2-3 hours beforehand. Exercise on an empty stomach can leave you with a lackluster workout. Plus, the nutritional content of that snack will also determine the outcome of that workout. Consider snacks like a Greek yogurt, small protein shake, a handful of nuts, or an apple with a nut butter.
Eating certain foods prior to sex can also have a similar effect both with energy, and outcome! Foods like oysters, dark chocolate, avocado, bananas, watermelon, honey, pomegranates, red wine, and chili peppers are all considered nutritionally beneficial and double as aphrodisiacs.
7. Sleep Enhancer
Getting your 7-9 hours of sleep a night can be tough to get when you have work and other stressors on the brain. Sex releases oxytocin, lowers cortisol, and increases the happy hormone prolactin upon orgasm. Exercise has similar benefits and can help you sleep better by improving such things as restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea, according to sleep.org.
But did you know that both exercise and intercourse can help you sleep better since they both are simply incredible multi-taskers? As we have stated above, sex and fitness improve your mood, interpersonal connections, confidence, caloric expenditure, core, and diet. But because they do all that, you can now sleep better! Sometimes, a restful night means just having better success at marking things off your to-do list!
Take the pressure off this Valentine’s Day with better health-related intentions. Fall in love with taking better care of yourself and reconnecting to all the elements in your life that help you to do so. And who says you can’t enjoy the process?