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9 Exercises for Better Sex

If you’re looking to spice things up in the bedroom, start with these moves for some amazing results, says fitness expert Katie Dunlop.

Exercise helps sex?

DunlopCourtesy Love Sweat Fitness

Yep, with a few basic exercises, you can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and give your body all-around leaner definition. “The word ‘pelvic floor’ gets thrown around a lot in fitness classes, but most people don’t really know what it means,” explains Katie Dunlop, certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and creator of Love Sweat Fitness. “If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, it can lead to less controlled bladder and bowel movements, as well as decreased sexual function,” she says. The good news: You can work on firing those muscles outside the bedroom for a greater time indoors later. These exercises will do double duty: You get a workout and better orgasms. Plan to do each one ten times, three times a week unless otherwise instructed. Here are 48 more ways to improve your sex life.

Plié squat

Sex exercise 1Courtesy Love Sweat Fitness

“There are a few movements in barre that, if you focus on engaging the muscles while performing them, will target pelvic floor. You’ll get the benefit of stronger, more intense sex while strengthening your entire body,” says Dunlop. “This exercise really targets your thighs and gluteus, but is actually even better for your pelvic floor,” she says. Stand with your legs wide apart, toes pointed out. With your weight in your heels, begin to lower your hips as you push your knees open. Keep your pelvis tucked and chest lifted as you sit low into a squat, then return to standing.

Double leg raise

Sex exercise 2Courtesy Love Sweat Fitness

“Engaging your pelvic floor easy to do. Just think of what muscles you use to stop the flow of urine. It’s essentially a Kegel, but paired up with more movement,” says Dunlop. “This exercise strengthens your lower abdominal muscles, pelvic floor, and lower back.” Lay on your back. Place your thumbs under your tailbone for support. Lift your legs, flexing your feet as though you were going to kick your heels into the ceiling. Engage your core as you slowly lower your legs toward the floor. Only lower to the point that you feel your abs engage—but don’t allow your lower back to lift off the floor. Learn more ways to have better post-pregnancy sex.

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