Why a Good Sex Life Is Healthy

Sometimes all you need to rev up your sex life is a change of  scenery. Take a trip together. You don't have to go far, but certain  settings -- like the ocean or mountains -- are ideal for rekindling  romance. Turn off your cell phones and focus on each other. For an extra  spark, pretend that you've just started dating -- or that you're  strangers who've met up for a forbidden tryst.

Kegels strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support your bladder.  They also relax the vagina to make sex more comfortable, improve blood  flow down there, and make it easier to reach orgasm. To do these simple  exercises, just tighten and relax the muscles you use to hold in pee.  And they're not just for women. Men who practice Kegel exercises have better erections and more intense orgasms.

Sex is a potent stress reliever, but it's hard to get in the mood  when you're all keyed up. After a tough day, do something calming  together to relax you. Listen to soft music. Practice relaxation  exercises such as deep breathing or meditation. Research shows that mindfulness meditation helps women get more in tune with their bodies during sex.

Not every romantic encounter has to end in sex. You and your partner  can find pleasure in many other ways. Take a bath together or give each  other a sensual massage. Have a hot make-out session on the couch. Bring  each other to orgasm through masturbation. Teach each other how you  like to be touched. Or just cuddle.