Valentine’s Day: Getting in the Mood

It’s Valentine’s Day and many of us, if not most, are thinking about getting in the mood. Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday this year. And while the holiday is well known for ooh-la-la, studies show that Tuesday is the least romantic day of the week (A new survey from London’s The Sun shows that Sunday morning at 9 a.m. is the sexiest time of the week.) To add insult to injury, statistics on show that only “32 percent of respondents stated they will probably have sex on Valentine’s Day this year.” Cupid would be so sad if he knew this.

While it might be a little late to develop those buns of steal or six-pack abs you think could entice that special someone, there are some things you can do to improve your chances and increase arousal. Here are some fun ideas for getting in the mood:

  • Take a vigorous walk at lunchtime. Sexual satisfaction is directly related to fitness.
  • Do something that scares you. Go to a horror movie or try rock climbing. After the adrenaline rush, you’ll find your sweetheart even more alluring.
  • Read something steamy. (You can even keep it classy.) James Joyce gives us a steamy scene in Ulysses. And from the Diary of Anaïs Nin: “To think of him in the middle of the day lifts me out of ordinary living.” Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence has a glorious sex scene. Use your imagination.
  • Do yoga. Yoga gets you in touch with your body – and when you get touching and the body together…well, I’m starting to blush.
  • Touch (see above). Skin-to-skin contact releases oxytocin, the love hormone. Hold hands, get/give a massage.
  • Skip the champagne and drink red wine (in moderation, of course, too much of a good thing impedes performance). The high levels of polyphenols in red wine are much more exciting than bubbly.
  • Eat aphrodisiacs. Avocados, almonds, strawberries, fresh figs, oysters, and of course chocolate contain vitamins and nutrients that boost desire.
  • Play with your food. Remember Tom Jones by Henry Fielding? Remember 9 1/2 Weeks? Like Water For Chocolate?

Be adventurous. But most importantly, have fun. Becuase a good time is not going to have itself. Happy Valentine’s Day. Cheers.

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