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10 Exercise Tips for a Better Sex Life

        Health | Sexuality

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Build Upper-body Strength
Push-ups are a simple exercise with many variations.
Push-ups are a simple exercise with many variations.
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Any sexual position that requires you to support your weight using your arms, such as missionary, could be held longer if you have toned, strong arms and a strong chest. Upper-body strength is also required for standing positions in which the man supports the woman's entire body weight.

Start out with push-ups, another classic with endless variations. A modified version, good for beginners, involves keeping your knees down and lowering your chest to the ground by bending your arms, with your hands spread about shoulder-width apart. You can also cross your ankles or turn your hands in. Regular push-ups require you to straighten your body so that your feet are together and toes are resting on the ground. This is also known as the plank position. Lower and lift your body using your arms in a slow, steady motion. To make this exercise more difficult, try to perform it even slower, or hover just above the ground when you come down. Continue adding repetitions.

There are several gym machines designed to build upper-body strength, such as the rowing machine. You can also use dumbbells or other free weights. Ask a trainer at the gym for suggestions or search for more upper-body exercises online.