• Stay Healthy For Senior Sex

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    Get in Shape for Great Sex

    The more fit you feel, the better you'll perform in bed

    by Michael Castleman, |?Comments: 5

    What's the secret to great sex? There are many, actually, but here's
    one you probably haven't heard much about: being in good physical

    Sex isn't strenuous, but it is exercise. Just as physical conditioning
    makes working out more enjoyable, getting in shape enhances lovemaking
    especially for couples over 50. Try following these seven simple
    health tips to stay as fit as possible.

    See also: Want to improve your health? Have sex!

    6 ways to get in better shape for sex: Exercise
    Simple lifestyle changes can improve your sexual stamina and
    performance. Photo by Ken Wramton/Getty Images

    1. Exercise daily

    In a study of 1,709 men over 40, researchers found that the more the
    men exercised, the fewer sexual problems they reported. Why would that
    be? Because exercise increases blood flow to the genitals. It boosts testosterone, which fuels libido in both genders. It also elevates
    mood, reduces insomnia, helps control weight, promotes deep
    relaxation, minimizes menopausal discomforts and contributes to
    self-esteem. All six of those factors enhance libido and sexual

    How you exercise doesn't matter. Do anything you enjoy: walking,
    swimming, yoga, dancing, golf, gardening whatever. Just make sure
    you do it at least 30 minutes a day.

    Regularity will benefit you more than intensity. It's better for
    health and sex to take a 45-minute walk every day, for example, than
    it is to hike five miles twice a month.


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    2. Eat more fruits and vegetables

    Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidant nutrients, which promote cardiovascular and neurological health. By contrast, meat, cheese,
    fast food, junk food and whole-milk dairy products are not just low in antioxidants but high in cholesterol and saturated fat; those last two
    narrow the arteries, restricting essential blood flow to the genitals.

    In a 2006 study, Italian researchers found that a Mediterranean diet
    high in fruits and vegetables, low in meat improves sexual function
    in men. Within two years after embracing a Mediterranean diet,
    one-third of the men in the study who had erectile dysfunction
    reported restored erections. A year later, the same research team
    reported that a Mediterranean diet improves women's sexual function as
    well. (Olives, anyone?)

    So how do you max out the fruit and veggies? Include fruit with
    breakfast. Eat at least one salad a day. Snack on any fruit. And one
    night a week, cook a big pot of vegetable soup, then make it your
    dinner and several lunches later in the week.

    3. Maintain recommended weight

    Many overweight adults enjoy sex, but the research is clear: Weight
    loss improves lovemaking.

    Duke researchers surveyed the sexual impact of weight loss among 70
    obese adults. Moderate loss 10 to 30 pounds boosted their libidos,
    sexual function and erotic satisfaction. Brown researchers surveyed 32 overweight women starting a weight-loss program. After losing an
    average of 56 pounds, most reported more sex and greater erotic

    It's tough to lose weight, yes but guess what helps? Daily exercise
    and a diet full of fruits and veggies. (Are you starting to see a
    pattern here?) Exercise burns calories, and plant foods are filling
    but low in fat. A reasonable goal is two pounds a month. That may
    sound unambitious, but by year's end there will be 24 pounds less of
    you in bed.

    4. Manage stress

    Stress can exacerbate an existing sex problem or cause a new one
    from scratch. It not only reduces blood flow to the genitals, but also
    releases hormones that depress testosterone. Stress also paves the way
    for cardiovascular disease, and it raises your risk of both anxiety
    and depression.

    How to keep these sex killers at bay? Proven stress relievers include
    exercise, pets, massage, laughter, meditation, hot baths, gardening,
    music (playing or listening) and time spent with loved ones. Ideally,
    combine them: Exercise with friends. Garden with your spouse. But
    don't try to make your cat crack a smile.

    5. Quit smoking

    Study after study has shown that sexual satisfaction declines as
    smoking increases. The mechanics responsible for that decrease are
    fairly straightforward: Smoking accelerates the growth of
    artery-narrowing deposits that reduce genital blood flow.

    6. Limit alcohol

    Alcohol is the leading drug cause of sexual impairment. As Shakespeare
    wrote in Macbeth, it "provokes the desire, but takes away the
    performance." Health authorities advise limiting alcohol to no more
    than two drinks a day (with "a drink" being defined as one 12-ounce
    beer, one shot of 80-proof spirits or a half-full wine glass about
    five ounces).

    7. Sleep soundly

    Easy for me to prescribe, right? Yet sleep problems reduce sexual
    energy and depress both libido and testosterone. Half of all adults
    experience occasional insomnia, and millions suffer chronic sleep
    problems. Compounding matters, sleep problems multiply with age.

    Sleep needs vary from one person to the next, but experts agree that
    most adults need at least seven hours' sleep each night to function
    optimally. Regular exercise improves sleep. So do quitting smoking and
    limiting your alcohol intake.

    A healthy lifestyle can't guarantee great sex, of course, but it will definitely help. And there's no contesting that it boosts longevity
    an equation I like to render as "More years on the planet = more fun
    in the sack."

    Published June 2012


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