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Approach Sex Like Exercise

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This morning I woke up and glanced sleepily over at my alarm clock. Then I asked myself the same question I’ve asked myself on so many other mornings: “Should I go to the gym, or go back to sleep”. Hmm, my bed was so cozy, and I could easily close my eyes and drift back off into La La Land. Yes, sleep—what a good idea. But then another thought disrupted my slumber: “Get your butt out of bed…you always feel better when you start your day with a workout…you’ll be glad you did it”! So, with a grunt and a sigh, I hauled myself out of bed and made my way over to the gym.

Sure enough, just a few minutes into my workout, I had found my groove and I was feeling strong and energized. After my shower I felt calm and relaxed, and I thought to myself “You see, aren’t you glad you worked out?” Indeed I was!

And then it occurred to me: What if women approached sex the same way that I approached the debate over my morning workout? Did I lose you? Okay, hear me out. How many times has your honey turned to you with that twinkle in the eye that begs the question: “how bout tonight?” and you reply with “I’m so tired”. And no doubt, you are tired. But think back to the last time let yourself be convinced to trade in the few extra z’s for a playful romp in the sac. You likely started out very reluctantly, but with a few of the right moves, your libido is awakened and it starts to feel good—really good. Exercise and sex share many benefits. Both help to improve energy levels; reduce stress; increase blood flow, sensation, and circulation; and promote a more restful sleep. So, sometimes it makes sense to approach sex like exercise, boost libido naturally, and take a lesson from Nike: “Just do it”!

Kelli Young
Kelli Young earned her degree in occupational therapy in 1992 from the University of Western Ontario. She is a registered occupational therapist with training, certification and expertise in the areas of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Sex Therapy. Since 1992 she has worked in the Eating Disorders Program at the Toronto General Hospital where she provides group, individual, family and couple therapy. She also has a private practice in Toronto. Read her full bio here.

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