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Jayde Nicole: Better Sex Workout
  • September 27, 2011 : 20:09
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Welcome to Workout Wednesdays, the new Playboy.com fitness blog by Jayde Nicole - personal trainer, fitness nutritionist, health nut, TV personality and, last but not least, Playboy’s 2008 Playmate of the Year. Check back each week for Jayde’s latest tips, and be sure to visit her all-new fitness website JaydeNicole.com.

Click on Jayde's Twitpic gallery (to the right) to see what she's been up to this week.

This week: Healthy tips for a better sex life

We all know that working out is good for your health, but did you also know that making time for the gym can improve your sex life? Exercising not only makes you look and feel better, it actually helps your performance in bed.

Start with some light weight-lifting. It causes the body to produce testosterone, an important hormone in the male sex drive.

In addition, do some push-ups, sit-ups and crunches. These exercises lead to better sex by strengthening your chest, shoulders and abs. A strong upper body can increase stamina—these muscles are used during most sex positions.

Doing Kegel exercises are not just for women, guys. They are a great sex exercise for men because they can help endurance and control by toning your pubococcygeus muscles. If you’re a guy and you have never performed a Kegel, start by interrupting the flow of urine while going to the bathroom—this might sound strange, but it will help get you acquainted with your PC muscles. Try to hold it for 10 seconds, then relax. Do as many reps as you can. Trust me, it will pay off!

Now, let's stir up your sex life by adding some new positions—there's no better way to get your body ready than by practicing yoga. It will train your body to bend in new, creative ways, resulting in better flexibility and muscle endurance. Both are very important to achieving a healthier, more sexual version of yourself. And, really, who doesn't want that?

Once you have left the gym, it's time to hit the kitchen! Our sex drive is greatly affected by what we eat on a daily bases. Here are my top foods to eat your way to a better sex life.

You want to get your blood moving with some foods that will help stimulate circulation. Go for food rich in L-Arginine, such as oatmeal, walnuts, fat-free dairy, green vegetables, root vegetables, chickpeas and seeds. These are all tasty and very helpful for improving sexual function in men.

Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids are also great for your libido. Try mackerel, salmon and wild salmon. For you vegetarians out there you can always take an omega-3 supplement like I do.

Try to avoid foods that are high in saturated fats, which can be a killer for your sex life. Not only does it pack on the extra pounds and lower your endurance, but over time it also clogs arteries, which can impair the flow of blood to your genitals. This interferes with your ability to perform, as well as your sexual pleasure. So drop that bag of chips and pick up some healthy trail mix now!

This may surprise you, but there is some truth to the oyster theory. While they aren’t exactly a proven aphrodisiac, they are the richest food source for zinc. Zinc has been linked to enhanced libido and sperm production. A lack of this mineral in your diet can cause impotence and infertility. You can also get zinc from brown rice; dark, leafy vegetables; and turkey.

Now you have all the tools you need to become a master in the bedroom! Start today and enjoy all the benefits; I know your partners will be happy you did.

Have questions or suggestions for an upcoming Workout Wednesday? Message me on Twitter (@Jayde_Nicole) or in the Locker Room at JaydeNicole.com.

Next week: How to give stress the boot!

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