Whether it’s the longer nights, the extra layers that pose a new challenge or the seasonal spike in testosterone, Autumn is a straight-up sexy season. If these aren’t heating up the bedroom antics enough, here are a few more natural ways to improve your sex life.
1. Maca Root
There are a myriad of natural supplements that purport to boost the libido but this Andean root vegetable has millennia of evidence behind its ability to add vigour to your va-va-voom. Find it in flour form and add it to your baking, smoothies or favourite raw balls. It’s almost tasteless, so nobody needs to know where the extra sexy came from.
What could be more romantic than a little spontaneity? Get creative — move into a different space, try something new, make time when you don’t have it — anything you can do to get out of your sexual routine will breathe new life and excitement into your romance. Don’t overthink it; surprise yourself and just do it.
This may seem like an obvious one, what with all the controlled breathing and extra flexibility but the benefits go beyond being limber. A study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men who practise yoga daily have more, erm, staying power. We’d say that’s reason enough to check out a partner yoga class!
4. Eat Like an Italian
There’s a reason that people from the Mediterranean are known for being passionate. Their diet includes plenty of lean protein, greens, nuts and red wine — a perfect menu of blood-flow boosting and libido lifting foods. Now that’s amore.
5. Focus on the Moment
There is a simple trick to having a killer lovemaking session. Be there. All too often, we get distracted, we start thinking about the annoyances of the day or what we still have to do and wondering when this is all going to be over so we can get on with it. It’s why women fake orgasms. If you want to improve your sexual experience, stay in it – focus on the feelings, the sensations, your breathing, exactly what’s happening in every moment. Make sex about the journey, not the destination!
6. Greens, Baby
Dark green veggies are full of sex-enhancing nutrients. Magnesium, for example, dilates blood vessels for improved blood flow and folate is key to heart health. Good thing we have a book loaded with sexy green smoothie recipes!
7. Laugh it Up
Not only does laughter squash sadness and decrease stress (two common sex-busting emotions) it also opens up neuropathways so that you are more likely to experience pleasure and heightened sensations. It’s no accident that Rom-Coms are like chocolate and peanut butter!
8. Work it Out
Sweating is the new foreplay. A good cardio session gets your endorphins firing, putting you in the mood, and coats you in a primal scent. A study from the University of California found that a good whiff of male sweat increased women’s sexual arousal by 40%. So, next time you workout together, skip the shower and head straight for the bedroom instead.
And most importantly, remember the immortal words of George Michael who reminds us that ‘Sex is natural. Sex is fun.’ So really, just have fun with it.