The Holiday Season is usually a time that many of us pack on the pounds – especially those of us who live in colder climates that tend to keep us indoors hibernating! Instead of waiting for New Year’s resolutions to stay healthy and fit, why not start today and stay that way all year round? Want an added motivation? Studies show a direct correlation between physical activity and improved or increased sex drive!
Feeling sexy is all about finding the “healthy you” in and out of the bedroom. For me that happened months ago when I woke up one morning only to look in the mirror and realize that I was aging, looking frumpy in my clothes and just overall not feeling well. I mentioned it to my family, but they weren’t surprised to say the least. After all, I’d been working so hard on my business spending hundreds of days of the year on the road, managing Consultant trainings; I was so busy with work and day-to-day tasks that I neglected to take care of myself. It got to the point where it was hard to get out of bed in the mornings, and I wasn’t sleeping well. Every hour during the night, I’d look at the clock and wonder when I would finally be able to fall asleep!
Like many of you out there, I knew this was related to stress and that I needed to make a change. Needless to say my family “took me hostage” and next thing you know I was sitting at a local Fitness Gym. (As we all know, those who love us always have our best interest at heart.) I started working with a trainer regularly and made it a personal mission to feel better and healthier whatever the cost. Even when I’m traveling, I make sure I’m continuing my regiment and I’ve never felt better! It has truly been a life-altering change for me! I’m sleeping better, my concentration is enhanced. I have reinvented myself!
For those of you who want to get fit but aren’t sure you can afford working with a trainer, below are some great tips on how to get active on a budget:
*Invest in some Yoga or fitness DVD’s and work out at home. Nowadays many cable networks offer Exercise on Demand channels or full-blown exercise networks that are already covered in your monthly bill.
*Walk at least 45 minutes a day or choose to take the stairs over the elevator when you’re out and about.
*Keep a set of 5lb. weights in your bedroom and lift while you are watching your favorite programs.
*Don’t forget to try to maintain a healthy diet. In my book, Pure Romance Between the Sheets, I wrote a chapter on libido and included some foods that are not only bad for you but can actually hamper your sex drive in the process (page 37, Food For Thought).
*Maybe the most fun exercise of all – sex itself! A 130-lb person can burn about seven calories per five minutes of vigorous sex. Keep it up for two hours, and you’ll burn off 177 calories!
Whatever you decide, you will be amazed how revitalized you will feel and how that energy can spill over into the bedroom.