Some people wait for beach season to get motivated for a workout. But fitness expert Jennifer Cassetty (jennifercassetty.com) points out that something even greater should spur you to keep your body in tip-top condition the whole year through:
Having good sex!
"Exercise, in general, can pique desire for couples and make relationships more enjoyable," said Cassetty, a fitness photo shoot supervisor in New York. "The results of exercising can be one of the best gifts for yourself and your partner. It builds confidence because you physically look better and you have the energy to perform with your partner."
Regular exercise not only burns calories and reduces body fat, but it also gives your hormones a kickstart, relieves stress and re-energizes the body -- all essentials to an improved and rewarding sex life.
Here are a few moves that Cassetty suggests you add to your exercise routine to get your body primed for passion:
Style Walk: Start by standing straight, then slowly crawl into a push-up position and proceed to do a push-up. Then slowly return to the start position. This creates a stronger upper and core body muscles. In addition, it allows for extra flexibility for all those positions you want to try.
"Bend Over" Squats: Start in a squat position and hop with your feet together and then land back in a squatting position. This tones and shapes your thighs and butt. For ladies, this gives you the opportunity to show off your booty area. Squats can make your lower body stronger and raise hormone levels throughout the body.
Ab-Mission: Lie flat on your back, hands under your butt, then lift feet about 12 inches off the ground and spread your legs, then bring back down together. This works out your lower abs and thighs, and increases flexibility.
Sex Lunges: Step out to the side, go down as far as you can go, then return to start position. This increases blood flow and flexibility.
"Get On your Back" Hip Lifts: With a small medicine ball between knees, slowly lift your hips while your feet stay flat on ground. Your hips should slowly rise off the ground. This works your hamstrings, butt and lower back, and squeezing the ball can make certain areas of the female body tighter.
"When our bodies are healthy, they tend to be able to 'go with the flow' throughout the day and not become overly stressed and tired," Cassetty said. "With more energy and a better outlook emotionally, individuals will have a desire to engage in a healthy and intimate relationship..."
After all, what better reward for working out than a fulfilling bedroom experience?