After a long workday, it can be challenging to get down and dirty in the bedroom. When we're stressed and exhausted, sex drive often goes out the window. Even if we want to have sex, it's hard to focus with stress creating distractions in our minds. Over time, this can take a toll on our bodies and relationships.
Fortunately, you can prevent this cycle from starting, or even stop it in its tracks.
Performing these six minutes of movement will change the course of your day and reignite your energy and passion. It can reduce your stress levels and help you focus on what's right in front of you (perhaps a sexy partner!).
Stress-Busting, Sex Drive-Boosting 6 Minute Workout
These exercises can be performed right after work or any time you feel like you're dragging. Perform each exercise for 1 minute. If you have time, repeat the routine 2 more times for a total of 3. If you're short on time, you can still see major benefits in just 6 minutes. The only equipment required is a mat.
Between each movement, you'll jump rope for 1 minute. Stay light on the balls of your feet with your torso upright and core engaged, swinging the rope as fast as possible.
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Plank To Downward Dog
Come into a straight-arm plank with wrists under shoulders and feet hip-width-distance apart. Engage core and draw shoulder blades together (photo above, left).
Press through the palms of your hand to lift hips up toward the sky. Point tailbone directly up, forming an upside-down V with your body (photo above, right).
Shift back into plank by dropping your hips and bringing shoulders directly over wrists.
Continue moving through this motion at a controlled pace, keeping your core and legs engaged the entire time. Perform this move for 1 minute.
Come onto hands and knees with wrists under shoulders and knees under hips. Your back should be in a flat, neutral position. Take a deep inhale and drop your stomach toward the floor as you arch your back, gazing up at the ceiling (photo above, left). Draw shoulder blades together and keep neck relaxed.
Take a deep exhale and round your back. Drop your head and gaze toward your belly button (photo above, right).
When you've exhaled all your air, switch direction by arching your back and gazing toward the sky. Continue to arch and round your back for 1 minute, moving at a controlled pace.
Side Lunge To Straddle
Stand with feet wider than hip-width-distance apart. Deeply bend your right knee while keeping your left leg straight. Make sure toes are pointed forward and chest is lifted (photo above, left). Hold for 1-2 seconds before coming back to center.
Deeply bend your left knee, shifting hips back and keeping chest up. Return your left leg to a straightened position and slowly fall forward between your legs (photo above, right). You can keep a slight bend in the knees if you have tight hamstrings.
Shift hips back and lift your chest to come back to standing. Repeat the side lunges followed by a forward fold, alternating sides each time. Perform the combination for 1 minute.
Lie flat on your back with feet together and knees apart. Place hands lightly behind your head with elbows out wide (photo above, left).
Engage your core to lift feet off the ground at the same time you lift shoulders off the ground. Come up as high as you can touching elbows to thighs (photo above, right).
Release legs and head back to the ground and bring your spine back to neutral. Slowly curl back off the ground to repeating the movement for 1 minute total.
Stand with feet hip-width-distance apart. Deeply bend both knees, shift hips back and lower down until thighs are parallel with the floor. Lift your chest and engage your core (photo above, left).
Begin to pulse the legs up an inch and down an inch. Move as fast or slow as you'd like. Be sure to never round the spine and always keep knees behind the toes (photo above, right).
Perform the pulses for 1 minute.