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Fit For Life: Sexy You

Saturday, February 14, 2015



How do you get there? You know you want to be. I started working out to get bigger and look better. When I started in personal training in Providence 20 years ago, I remember people would work out to drop a few pounds. Or get ready for beach season. Fast-forward to today and it seems as though more people start exercising due to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Sometimes it’s a life or death situation to lose weight and become more fit. Whatever your reason to start or continue to exercise, here are a few more reasons many people don’t know about – but might just inspire you to get started… you will look better.  And feel sexier, too.

1.  Exercise increases your sex drive.

First, exercise not only makes you feel more desirable, it stimulates blood flow, which releases endorphins that release testosterone and other hormones. Second, you will have a better self-image and that enhancement leads to a greater sex drive. A big part of better sex is feeling sexy. Research shows that people who exercise have an improved body image over people who do not exercise. Being more comfortable with your body leads to better and more relaxed sex.

2.  Exercise also makes you smarter.

Studies have shown that exercise releases brain chemicals that help with the retention process of new information. The reason for this is when you exercise, your blood pressure and blood flow increases, which in turn shuttles more oxygen through the entire body – brain included. It raises your focus for up to two to three hours afterwards, so it is advisable to work out just before a test or presentation, so you will peak when you perform. On a more scientific level, it makes the hippocampus super active, and when you rev up these neurons, cognitive function improves. This pattern works better with regular exercise, because the benefits can quickly recede. So be regular with your exercise patterns, not hit or miss.

3.  Exercise aids in digestion.

If the food we eat doesn’t get digested properly, a whole lot of problems can arise in the body, such as: gastrointestinal issues, acidity, acid reflux, heartburn, constipation, bloating, and even bad breath. This is why healthy digestion is probably the most important element to your health. If you can’t utilize good nutrients, and eliminate bad bacteria, you end up sick, diseased, and overweight. During exercise, your heart rate and breathing increase, thus stimulating muscles that support the digestive tract, which in turn makes it more active and efficient.

4.  Exercising together will bond you.

When couples work out together, they motivate each other to stay fit and healthy. Just like when a woman gets pregnant, the guy usually gains weight right along with her. They become a team. So by getting your sweat on with your partner, you will help inspire each other to push harder, and stay active and disciplined with your program. It’s also been observed that after a couple has a great workout together in the gym, complete with their elevated endorphins, increased heart rate, and blood flowing freely, there will be an increase in sex drive, (see #1) which could lead to greater sex after your workout.  A win/win, wouldn’t you say? 

This Valentine’s Day, instead of the overly expensive and probably super rich dinner, followed by an artery clogging dessert, give each other a promise of fitness – come and see me at my Fit Body Bootcamp, and you’ll be on your way to results - on many levels!

Matt Espeut, GoLocal's Health & Lifestyle Contributor has been a personal trainer and health & fitnesss consultant for over 25 years. He is the owner of Fitness Profiles, a one on one, and small group personal training company, as well as Providence Fit Body Boot Camp, located at 1284 North Main St., on the Providence/Pawtucket line. You can reach Matt at (401) 453-3200; on Facebook at "Matt Espeut", and on Twitter at @MattEspeut. "We’re all in this life together – let’s make it a healthy one!"


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