Ah, it is that time of the year again. Time to look back over all your failures of the past year and set yourself up for all sorts more in the coming year. This is also known as setting New Year’s resolutions. Here at the Diaper Diaries, we are trying not to do resolutions, but instead we are calling them “goals.” Not sure why that makes me feel better, but it does.
So for the umpteenth year in a row, we are revisiting the “goal” of healthier living. You know, eat better, exercise more, remember to wash your face at night, etc. I bet you thought since this was the weekly challenge post I would have a New Year’s resolution to have more sex. Sorry hubby, maybe next year. I kid, I kid, that’s what this whole challenge has been about.
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 waiting for your plane doesn’t seem so bad. Not that I know anything about that…