Carve out time to work out before a date

It doesn't take much time, but a few sets of these 30-second exercises can get blood flowing before a big night out
February 12, 2014 12:09:01 PM PST
On Valentine's Day, we often spend extra time on our hair and makeup for that special date. Now, one expert says carving out 30 minutes to exercise could boost our sex drive and self-confidence.

"What a workout does to make you feel your best, especially when you go out on a date, is it releases endorphins. Makes you feel good. Makes you cheery. When you go on a date, you can focus and enjoy," personal trainer Dewayne Malone says.

Malone is a trainer at Against All Odds Fitness and says a combination of quick bursts of cardio and full body weight-lifting movements is key.

"Energy and libido levels are always raised high because I make sure my clients eat right. That keeps their energy levels with nutrition, and the exercises I have them do always focus on having them have a high libido," says Malone.

It doesn't take much time. A few sets of these 30-second exercises can get our blood flowing.

  • Jumping Rope
  • Plank: Get on the floor on all fours with hands directly under shoulders. Extend legs out behind you, so entire body is lifted. Tighten abs, back, glutes, and inner thighs.
  • Curtsy Lunge with a Single Arm Bent Over Row: Grab a dumbbell and put in right hand. Just like a curtsy, take right leg back behind and to the left of the left leg into a lunge. Stand back up, feet shoulder width apart, squat down, back flat, and do a row with the right arm. Repeat for 30 seconds and do on other side.
  • Tuck Jumps: While jumping, bring both knees to chest mid-air. For beginners, stand in place and alternate knee to chest.
  • Lunge to Shoulder Press: With dumbbells in hands right at the shoulders, lunge forward with one leg. When down in lunge position, raise hands into a shoulder press. Lower, and then push back. Repeat lunge on other side, alternating legs.

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