Sex is one of the great joys in life.
It’s good for your relationship… it’s good for your health… and, let’s not kid ourselves, it can be a lot of fun too.
The media likes to portray human sexuality as a young person’s game – but maintaining a healthy sex life as we age can do wonders for our physical and mental well-being.
A study by the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project found that nearly 75% of men and women between the ages of 75 and 85 say sex is essential to maintaining a happy relationship.
But the primal pleasures of a healthy sex life extend far beyond the bedroom.
For starters, nights of intimacy can improve the immune system…
And more comprehensive studies have shown that having sex once a week can actually prevent the common cold.
Sex has also been shown to…
- Lower blood pressure
- Double as a calorie-burning exercise
- Greatly reduce the risk of heart attack
- Promote a healthy prostate (and stave off prostate cancer)
- Lower stress levels
- Improve sleep quality.
And one of the best parts of an active sex life is… it tends to lead to more sex.
Because sexual activity actually boosts the libido.
So if you want to ensure your sheets stay warm – or if you need help reigniting the fires of passion in your bedroom – pay close attention to what’s ahead.
Because lots of things can get in the way of our carnal desires as we age…
Antidepressants, especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), have been shown to induce sexual dysfunction by anywhere from 30% to 80%.
And cholesterol-lowering medications like statins have also been linked to decreased testosterone in men and in turn a lower libido.
Same goes for blood pressure medications, like ACE inhibitors, and antipsychotic medications.
And even common over-the-counter antihistamines can dramatically reduce sexual desire.
Considering the widespread use of those drugs, it’s a wonder anyone’s having a healthy dose of sex these days…
But don’t fret. There are some easy ways to counteract those modern distractions… and get back to experiencing the kinds of fun (and sweat-filled) nights that you enjoyed in your 20s.
You may want to secure that headboard.
No. 1: Lift Weights
This isn’t about powerlifting and trying to develop a bodybuilder’s physique. And you can decide what’s right for you.
The goal is to pick a weight that’s heavy enough to cause fatigue by your 10th repetition.
- Run-of-the-mill bicep curls
- Lateral raises (holding a dumbbell in each hand and simultaneously raising both arms to the side)
- Overhead presses (sitting with a dumbbell in each hand at chin height and pushing straight upward)
- Bent-over rows (bending at the waist with a dumbbell in each hand and pulling the weight to chest level)
- Or any combination of the above…
These exercises cause the body to produce testosterone and naturally boost the sex drive in the process.
No. 2: Take A Lap
Harvard researchers discovered that both male and female swimmers in their 60s had the sex drive of those 20-plus years their junior.
While the reasoning wasn’t entirely clear in the research mentioned, regular exercise including a few laps in a pool can obviously do wonders for the libido.
But it stands to reason that low-impact exercises like this would boost those feel-good hormones known as endorphins… which in turn increases the libido by naturally reducing stress levels.
No. 3: Pelvic Floor Exercises
This one’s not as much about the libido as it is boosting performance. And when you’re not concerned about underperforming, that’ll remove some bedroom hesitation.
The next time you’re going to the bathroom, grind everything to a halt and completely stop the flow of urine. Then commence and stop it again.
This simple act can quickly tone the pubococcygeus muscles. Strengthening these muscles in the pelvic floor will make it easier to delay ejaculation. (Women can benefit from doing the same exercise.)
And once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to do them anytime you want… not just when it’s time to go to the bathroom.
Just squeeze those muscles, hold for 10 seconds, relax and repeat.
Once the pubococcygeus muscles are good and strong, you’ll be eager to put them to good use!
Use the exercises above and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier sex life… well into your 60s and beyond.
And while we’re on the subject of getting ready to get it on… What tricks have you tried to keep the fire lit? Email us here.