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The Challenge Week 12- Let's Get Physical

1-cor-challenge *This week isn’t a “sex” challenge per se, but it will help your sex life nonetheless. I have to say, I need the encouragement too as I am currently throwing my gym membership money down the tube. Maybe I can count that as stimulating the economy?

Ladies, it is time to revisit our New Year’s resolutions. Cause I know if you are anything like me you made one somewhere along the lines of losing the baby weight, eating healthy, fitting into your “skinny jeans” or resisting the urge to polish off the whole sleeve of Girl Scout cookies (not that I know anything about that).  How long did you last this year. I made it into the beginning of March which is quite impressive actually. Then, the Girl Scout cookies hit.

Anyway, there are a whole boatload of studies linking how we take care of ourselves to the quality of our sex life. Not only is it a self esteem issue, there are all sorts of other factors at play. Sex is an aerobic activity and it requires a healthy heart to get the blood flowing to all the right places. Also, if we are constantly fatigued from eating bad foods and couch potato living, sex is going to be the last thing on our minds.

So, I would encourage you to spend a bit of time thinking about how you take care our your body. What are your eating habits? I recently read an interesting article about a diet and supplements that can increase your sexual desire. It involved a whole lot of fish oil tablets. My fish oil tablets have a big statement on the label that says “Does not cause fish burps.” Thank God for that cause nothing screams sexual turn off like fish burps. I have no idea what that means, but the hubby is thinking the fish oil thing is worth a try. Either way, a healthy diet just makes you feel better all over which may make you more up for a little roll in the hay.

You ever seen the “Let’s Get Physical” video? Nothing screams sexy like Olivia Newton John and spandex. Sexy outfits aside, exercise is a great stress reliever and as mommies we know stress can definitely get in the way of bedroom activities. Heck, sex itself is exercise. You can burn about 7 calories per 5 minutes of sex. Um…maybe you should keep your gym membership too. The point is some cardio and flexibility training might do wonders for your sex life.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not highlight one particular exercise that is very important for anyone who has pushed a very large baby through a very small opening. Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles which often get stretched out during pregnancy (along with a multitude of other things). Not only is this helpful in saving money on Depends, it can help make your sex life more gratifying. Check out some tips in this article.

So there you have it. One more reason to head to the gym and lay off the Cheetos. If you are like me and love to eat, but hate to exercise, I leave you with this piece of encouraging news. Research has shown that women who eat a lot of chocolate report having much more satisfying sex lives. Is that the best news you have heard in your whole life? Suddenly that entire bag of M&Ms you consumed while watching American Idol doesn’t seem so bad. Not that I know anything about that…

Comments

  1. LOL…chocolate improves the sex life…WAHOO!

    Yes, this week’s challenge is going to be difficult. I loathe exercising (well, sex is naturally included in the exercising I enjoy..a lot!) but I know that it will give me more energy and help me feel better about my appearance. I know all the benefits of exercise…I am just too lazy to put all that knowledge to use! Actually, not lazy, just busy. Being a mom to three under the age of six is BUSY. Sigh. But those are just excuses..I know…

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  2. kirwin says:

    Your timing is impeccable…I was gearing up to head back to the gym this month. Here’s what “gets” me, though–I hit the gym at 5:30 am. (I sneak out of the house while the kids and DH are still asleep.) That means that at 8:30 pm, I’m ready for bed. I guess I’ll have to make DH go to bed early with me.

    I’ll have to look into fish oils…hmmm…

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  3. LOL I don’t have a gym membership, or make new years resolutions but I thought this was very funny. I used to be very active before kids and I know I was more limber and had more energy. I miss that and hope when the kids get a bit older I’ll get back to it. 3 kids 3 and under is tough sometimes :) But then there’s always chocolate right? mm snickers and peanut M&Ms are better than a box of chocolates any day.

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  4. Okay, you got me! I need to really apply this one! I gave myself 9 mths to get the baby weight off. Guess what 9 mths has come and gone!!! You are so right, I feel so much better when I do exercise!

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  5. I’ve got 10 pounds of Muffin Top hanging around. Your challenge has been the best thing for our marriage. It has really opened up communication and brought us closer. Hubby is thrilled and for the first time in our almost 19 years of marriage, he’s telling me “I’m really tired”. ;O This last week for Spring break he booked two rooms – one for the kids and a whirlpool suite for us! Thanks for speaking up and challenging us to improve our marriages.

    Lynnets last blog post..Love Dare

  6. Perfect! I just asked my “sista’s” to keep me accountable this week for not making a batch of cookie dough or buttercream frosting to eat all by myself. You see when you have already rid the house of “sweets” you have to start making your own ;) . This is another encouraging reminder that my health really does make a difference in all sorts of areas of my life!

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  7. I came late to your challenge, but my hubby has been appreciating it for the last 5 weeks.

    This is perfect for this week. I keep meaning to start exercising, but haven’t yet. And my hubby is out of town all week, so this is a good time to focus on ‘getting physical.’

    Christy @ ContemplativeMoms last blog post..A Plan for Art and Action – week 4

  8. Girl, I am all over that! I just ordered Core Rhythms dvds yesterday! And I’m totally going to rock the bedroom when I have my dancer’s bod!

    Will Blog For Shoess last blog post..Someday My Prince Will Come And Fix My Blog

  9. I just want to let you know that I am taking that chocolate bit to heart. That is all.

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  10. I’ve been working on this. My New Year’s resolutions were to eat healthy, get moving, love more and clean house. Well I fell off the bandwagon like most people. I’m trying agagin like you said to get back on track.

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  11. i’m already all over this one :)

    then again maybe that explains yesterday morning’s activities…and last nights ;)

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  12. Great topic – and very true! I need to get back to exercising. 5 months after having a baby, thankfully I’ve lost the weight, but the tone is GONE. So I need to be doing some crunches, pushups, and good old fashioned walking or running! Here’s to hoping for some good weather soon…

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