It’s that day again. The 2nd largest card-sending day of the year with over one billion sold (apparently women make up 85% of this pie…c’mon guys!). Most people either love or hate the holiday. But wherever you fall on the spectrum, our natural inclinations as human beings is to enjoy something often tied into this holiday….
If you can find yourself in a romantic evening that may carry even later into the evening, good news for you…bonus workout!
Let me back up here. We seem to have a bit of a chicken and egg situation. There is some research on the benefits for having sex in the bedroom…but of course, bedroom activities could most definitely be categorized as “physical activity” or even a “romantic workout”. So is your physical fitness making the sex better? Or is the sex making your physical fitness better? Probably both!
According to exercise physiologist and spokesman for the American Council of Exercise in San Diego, Richard Cotton, he admits to the lack of scientific studies correlating to exercise habits and “nights of romance”. However, he feels the correlation is a pretty safe bet. He talks about the three primary components of fitness: “Endurance, strength, and flexibility. If you are in shape, you have more aerobic endurance, muscular strength, and overall flexibility — all of which can aid a person during sex. Not to mention, if you are in shape you will reduce your risk of injury during sex — such as pulling a muscle.” A logical argument.
And generally if you’re in relatively good shape, you’re more likely to have a higher sense of well-being and self-esteem. I can’t speak for the men, but certainly ladies back me up on feeling more inclined to confidently seek & initiate sexual activity when you feel good about yourself. It’s natural!
The flip side to this is also positive. So if you’re not currently in good physical shape, in addition to making plans for your 20min walks, or bike rides, perhaps consider how you can increase your bedroom activities too. Consider all the positive benefits (*WebMD Source):
- Lower stress & blood pressure
- Boost immunity
- Improve heart health
- Increase self-esteem
- And BURN CALORIES!! (Enough said.)
And with that, I leave you with a little something that never fails to strike the right mood. Happy Valentine’s Day from Fit After Fifty!
*http://www.webmd.com: 10 Surprising Health Benefits of Sex
http://www.webmd.com: Better Shape for Better Sex