A self-motivated, SEO-savvy wellness writer, I've written over 1,000 articles on fitness, health, and wellness for brands like Livestrong, Well & Good, Cosmo, Health, Women's Health, and more.
“It’s made us better communicators, lovers, and partners,” Liz* tells me. She’s not referencing a choice to try couples’ counseling or get a puppy together or another typical, mainstream marker of relationship-building and -boosting strategies. Rather, she’s talking about bringing a third person into bed.
Looking good is only one reason people are (and should be!) building buns of steel and boulder shoulders. From increased metabolism and fat loss to reduced risk of injury and increased ease doing everyday activities, there are lots and lots of reasons to build muscle.
If your dreams are more graphic or vivid than usual, it could be a sign you’re not recovering from your workout
Forearm massages, windowsill plants that don’t require a green thumb, and non-toxic feminine care and sex toys. Another to add my list of—imagine my very best Mary Poppins voice, now—a few of my favorite things? Plopping into bed after a hard AF workout and snoozing straight-through ’til the alarm dings seven or eight hours later. Because really, is there anything better than waking up stronger and better rested? Ya know: Some good old fashioned sleep recover exercise, repeat.
News flash: Your orgasm is not on a timer. It takes, well, as long as it takes to happen. Some people may only require a handful of penetrative thrusts, and others may need quite a bit of time, coupled with stimulation at a number of different points. Few of us will reach orgasm the same way in the same amount of time, yet thanks in large part to pop-culture imagery, many of us are inclined to feel like something’s amiss if we don’t orgasm simultaneously with a partner—and fast.
Hear us out, Mudder Nation. We know you’re a finisher-beer loving tribe, but alcohol does to your fitness levels what mud does to runners: Slows ‘em way down.
From CBD lube and clit vibes to intimacy apps and O-shots, there are all sorts of new products popping up promising to improve your sex life. But there's an ancient treatment method you're probably sleeping on that could make an even bigger difference: acupuncture.
“Even a 10 minute microworkout can help you stay healthy and meet your fitness and fat-loss goals,” she says. And research proves it! One recent study published in journal PLUS One found that a 10-minute workout that includes just one minute of high-intensity movement may be just as good as a longer moderate-intensity workout.
How is that possible? Fitness expert, Lee Wratislaw the manager of Digital Programming at Gold’s Gym explains going hard at the gym increases something called ‘excess post-exercise oxygen consumption’ (EPOC). “This means that going hard at the gym causes your body to
Attention soup-slurpers and slaw-lovers—have you heard about a diet that requires you to cut out (almost) all other food but cabbage soup? Originally popularized in the 1980s, the Cabbage Soup Diet—also called the Military Cabbage Diet, TJ Miracle Soup Diet, Sacred Hospital Diet, and Russian Peasant Diet at various times—promises rapid weight loss. Sure, you've heard of eating more leafy greens to promote weight loss, but the Cabbage Soup Diet takes things to the next level.
As a sex writer, I’m aware that many harbor preconceived notions about, well, my sex life. Namely, that I’m always having a lot of it. I have had my fair share, sure, and I’ve reported on raunchy material with abandon here, here, here, and beyond. But am I having sex constantly? Absolutely not—especially as of late. In fact, a friend recently threw me a dinner party to celebrate my sexlessiversary—it had been a whole 12 months since I’d last been laid.
Online shopping is the best thing that ever happened to the sex toy and society’s acceptance of it. Your browser is a one-stop shop for anything you might need or want, and the comments section on products can help you make confident decisions. And as far as specific the best corners of the internet for procuring one of these toys, consider Amazon to be a veritable sex shop—and a good one at that.
First off: Relax. Having a cheating dream doesn’t necessarily mean your relationship is on the fritz. Still, according to certified dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg, “It’s something you should be curious about because every single thing in our dreams means something. Likely, your subconscious is telling you — or trying to work through — something.”
Let’s start by saying everyone has sexual fantasies. Yep, the entire human race has a mind that drifts to the gutter at least some times. Many folks feel ashamed of their turn ons and inner erotic thoughts, but “no matter what the fantasy is, it’s completely normal!” according to certified sex coach Gigi Engle.
The only subjects more divisive than period masturbation are veganism, Jenny Schecter, and CrossFit. Here’s the thing: Sure, it’s messy. But a little one-on-one time with your bloody bits is a completely normal, common, and healthy activity, according to Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN.