• Tight hamstrings are a quick trip to a slow pace. Here are some more yoga poses for runners to loosen you up (Intent)
• Does street harassment keep you from going exercising? How fear is keeping women from working out (The Frisky)
• Yes, you can eat to beat low libido. These foods will have you feeling frisky in no time (YourTango)
• Did Zooey Deschanel lie to you about how bangs work? Here’s what you need to know (Divine Caroline)
• These natural insomnia treatments that can help you give sleepless nights the old heave-ho (YouBeauty)
• Leg cramps are no match for these race-day tips (FitSugar)
Conventional wisdom (and loads of research) show that exercise is one of the best ways to naturally boost your libido. But what if a new workout routine leaves you (or your partner) too tired for sex? Is it really the exercise that’s causing your lagging lovemaking, or is it indicative of a problem that’s neither in the bedroom, nor the weight room? More
Between the kids, the job, the house, the growing to-do list and that Blackberry or iPhone looming over you at all times, there’s little room for romance, and even less room for actual sex. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, I hope to inspire you to think differently and to take steps to get your “mojo” back. You may even be one of the millions of adults who experience sexual dysfunction, the incidence of which appears to be at an all-time high. More
As we round out reproductive health week, we thought it was important to look at what often leads to reproduction in the first place–our libido. But for many women, a high sex drive is not always that easy. In fact, according to one study, 43% of respondents reported some level of sexual dysfunction. Of them, 39% reported low levels of desire, 26% had problems with arousal and 21% had difficulties with orgasm. If you fall into one of these categories (and who doesn’t from time to time?), not to worry! This week on Pimp My Health, we’re going to pimp your libido with some natural remedies that may just help you have great sex again. Take a look: More
Decreased sex drive is on of the well-known side effects of many antidepressants. But not Wellbutrin. This is one antidepressant—also used to treat seasonal affective disorder and to help people quit smoking—that may actually boost sex drive. More
How many times are we made to feel inadequate or like there is something wrong with us because we are not living up to Hollywood’s set of ideals about how often we should be having sex? Women in the media are often portrayed as ravishing, insatiable sex-pots with libidos that blow the roof off any bedroom (female Viagra, anyone?) who seem to want sex all the time. But is that reality? Of course not. Still, that doesn’t stop us from wondering exactly what is normal when it comes to our sex drive. So we took our questions to sex expert, Dr. Kathryn Hall who is a clinical psychologist and author of Reclaiming Your Sexual Self: How to Bring Desire Back Into Your Life.
It’s kind of unfair—many women’s sex drives are highest when they’re on their periods, or when they’re ovulating. From an evolutionary standpoint, the horny-when-ovulating thing makes sense—but for those of us trying to avoid pregnancy at the moment, it’s kind of a drag that the times we want it most are also the times when we’re most likely to get pregnant. Ditto for the increased libido that often comes at that time of month when other reasons make sex least appealing. What’s behind the menstrual cycle/libido roller-coaster? More
Hypothetically, if you were to experience a decreased sex drive, would you think there was something wrong with you? According to several research studies, a low libido affects more than 40% of us, and one out of every 10 women under the age of 30 don’t even want to have sex, leaving us to believe that this is not so much of a hypothetical problem, after all. More
Jane Fonda has made no secret of her past struggles, including bulimia, negative body image issues and a quest to continue feeling and looking young even into her 70s. And who can argue with the success she’s had? She looks downright awesome and has the youthful energy of someone half her age. The former actress and aerobics queen turned activist and author has even attributed her youthfulness to a healthy love life, saying she had the best sex of her life at 71. More
Today’s Ultimate Yoga focuses on our sexual function and desires as women—woot! Did you know yoga can boost your libido? According to research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, women (more so than men) who practiced yoga for 12 weeks reported an increase in their overall sexual desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm and satisfaction. In addition, nearly 75% of the yogis said their sexual life was better following the three-month training. Ready to roll out your mat yet? More
Somewhere between frozen pizza dinners and microwavable lunches, I threw in the towel.
Throughout the years of crushing deadlines and trying to maintain some slightly frayed idea of work-life balance — one that in the very least contained a fitness regimen and time with friends and family — I joined a rather large army of young professional women who dine daily on freezer-made cuisine and follow the misguided mantras, ‘I would cook, but there’s no point in cooking for one,’ and ‘Who the heck has time to cook?’ More
Maybe our culture-deprived society needs to get out of the house and experience more art. A new study suggests that women find Georgia O’Keefe paintings “erotic” during their menstrual cycle, which is pretty much a no-brainer, considering O’Keefe’s flower paintings are infamous for their uncanny resemblance to female genitalia. According to researcher Jeffrey Rudski, a psychologist at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, who published the study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, participants were more likely to use sexual terms to describe O’Keeffe’s art in the days leading up to and including ovulation. After ovulation, the paintings appeared less suggestive. By Georgia, put down that O’Keefe-reefer, and get a grip. O’Keefe is no more erotic than Michaelangelo’s David. But when you’re experiencing raging hormones from hell during your menstrual cycle, trust me, everything is erotic. More
Too Fat to Travel – The Coast Guard is lowering passenger limits to accommodate Americans’ weightier physiques; how do Americans not realize they’re obese? (Shots)
Spring Fever is Real – Turns out spring really does get us in the mood (but if it doesn’t work for you, click anyway for tips on how to boost your libido). (SELF)
Get Flex-Time for Your Health – Studies show that jobs with flexible schedules improve family life and reduces turnover; time to work from home. (PsychCentral) More
Oh, to be a mouse. Usually, I feel kind of bad for animals that are stuck in some lab being injected with terrible things in the name of science. But a recent study made me smile, and I suspect the animals involved were smiling, too. Mice in the study CBS News dubbed the Seratonin Sex Bomb had their levels of serotonin reduced. It resulted in some seriously horny mice:
“Serotonin-deprived mice were quite the performers, mounting both male and female partners about 80 percent of the time.”
This little game of serotonin roulette isn’t quite ready for human use. (And chances are, you aren’t desperate to start mounting people on the street to improve your sex life.) But how about we look at some more reasonable, but also under the radar, ways to boost your libido?