During menopause, erratic hormone levels can result in low libido. However, body image and self-esteem can also contribute to loss of libido. If you're looking to burn some calories and reconnect with your primal urges, these three exercises might be just what the doctor ordered. Read on to learn about exercises to help boost your libido during menopause.
How Can Exercise Help Boost My Libido?
Regular exercise reduces stress levels and increases blood circulation, which in turn helps to balance hormone levels. Imbalanced hormones in menopausal women often lead to a host of symptoms such as loss of libido. Keep reading below to learn about the added benefits of these three libido-boosting exercises.
Yoga, an exercise devoted to balance and breathing, can be more beneficial than cardio-vascular activities when it comes to maintaining your libido during menopause. Its slow, meditative movements can help you reconnect with and balance your mind and body.
Practicing any form of yoga is a great way to relieve stress and encourage blood flow to all your bodies' organs. You may also shed pounds doing yoga; most experts agree that a 150-pound woman can expect to burn 150 calories during a one-hour session.
Yoga practices can also translate well to the bedroom as the stretching movements can make you and your partner more agile and flexible, strengthen pelvic floor muscles, and improving endurance.
Dancing with a partner can increase intimacy in a relationship because, similar to yoga, it involves eye contact, touching, and for Latin-based dances (e.g., salsa, rumba, samba), a ton of hip-action!
If your partner doesn't want to dance, no sweat! There's always zumba with classes being offered at countless dance or women's workout studios. Zumba choreography involves hip-hop, samba, salsa, meringue, mambo, martial arts and even belly dancing. This isn't your typical workout: with pulsing Latin rhythms and sensual movements, zumba sheds pounds while putting you in the mood.
This option may sound less sensual than the others, but it's a well-kept secret in terms of libido-boosting. This is because a good resistance training workout helps to build muscle and boost testosterone levels in the body. Testosterone is commonly misperceived as a hormone that affects only male sexuality. While it is true that women only produce about one-seventh of the testosterone men do, this hormone plays a vital role in maintaining energy levels, mental sharpness and sex drive in women.
For best results, pair a resistance training workout such as weightlifting with a cardiovascular exercise such as running. Cardiovascular exercises help to reduce stress and increase blood flow - a great way to restore hormonal balance and relieve the symptoms of menopause.
Any exercise routine should be supplemented with a well-balanced diet, rich in vegetables, fruits, and proteins. Making these simple lifestyle changes can relieve menopausal symptoms such as loss of libido. Click here for more information about other ways to deal with loss of libido.
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