Flowers and chocolates are typical expressions of love on Valentine’s Day – but why rely on this special occasion to be romantic? You can keep the sparks flying year-round with a few simple tricks to boost libido and have better sex. Dim the lights and check out our tips to spice up your love life.
1. Say No to TV (and Twitter, too)
Looking to spark that lovin’ feeling? Turn off your television. In fact, take it out of the bedroom. Research has shown that people who have a TV in their bedroom have 50% less sex than those who don’t. Other research suggests TV viewing could increase the risk of erectile dysfunction and lower sperm count. But don’t replace your late-night shows with Twitter, Facebook or other social media. Find out why in this video from sex therapist and Sharecare expert Ian Kerner.
2. Eat Right for Romance
It’s long been thought that certain foods can put you in the mood for sex. Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, known to increase the production of dopamine, the brain’s “pleasure chemical.” Bananas contain bromelain, an enzyme that could boost male libido. Garlic can help increase blood flow to sexual organs. Beans, oats and fish such as salmon and tuna are all loaded with nitric oxide, which helps to increase blood vessel dilation and the sensitivity that comes with sexual arousal.
3. Break a Sweat
In addition to eating right and getting enough sleep, working out is one of the most important keys to improving your sex life. Exercises like running, strength training and even yoga improve blood flow throughout the body. They also increase your stamina, improve your flexibility, increase endurance and give your body image a boost.
4. Be Sweet in the Morning
Amping up your sex life is something you should start on first thing in the morning, not five minutes before you fall into bed. Whether you give your partner a good-morning kiss or leave a sweet note stuck to the bathroom mirror, you’ll boost your partner’s sexual self-esteem and reinforce your attraction to him or her. That can translate into more satisfaction between the sheets for both of you. Find out what else happy couples do to strengthen their relationships.
5. Talk . . . a Lot
Keeping the lines of communication open ensures that both partners feel satisfied. Sharing your thoughts and ideas helps your partner to better understand your likes, dislikes, wants and desires, and helps to ensure that both parties’ needs are being met. When’s the best time to talk about sex? Take our quiz to find out.