According to the latest data, 55-year-old men can expect to enjoy between-the-sheets erotic fun for another 15 years; for women, 11. We say they're aiming WAY too low! If you take care of your body (and mind), you can keep intimacy on the front burner till the end of your days.
To be fair, the research found that healthy choices pushed the envelope. A lot! But you can take it further. The key? Understanding that knock-your-socks-off mature sex is a whole different ballgame than fooling around in the back seat:
- For guys: Protect your potency. Factors inhibiting great sex include obesity, high blood sugar, and clogged arteries. Getting half an hour of daily exercise and munching healthy foods help. If you're still not standing at attention, ask your doc if it might be a medication side effect or an issue like depression, anxiety, or stress.
- For women: Help yourself get ready. Hormonal changes mean less lubrication. Don't be shy about trying water-based, off-the-shelf lubricants. Need more? Ask your doc about longer-lasting lubricants for menopausal women or a prescription estrogen cream.
- For both: Know how to light this fire. Keep the lines of communication open. Try setting the mood with a walk or a funny movie (anything that stimulates your nervous system) instead of a third glass of wine and a heavy meal. Take time for long, slow foreplay to overcome potency and lubrication issues. What better way to use your time?