5 Ways to Boost Your Libido With Minimal Effort 

5 Ways to Boost Your Libido With Minimal Effort 

Having trouble keeping it up or just want to strengthen your current longevity? You don’t have to do anything drastic. With these simple tips, you will be “strong like bull” in no time. 

  1. Masturbate. See, told you it would be easy. Masturbation doesn’t make you blind but it’s great practice for sex. Just follow Frankie’s advice and relax without rushing to maximum longevity. 

2. Knock off the bad habits. If you are still smoking or drinking in excess you are not doing yourself any favors in the bedroom. Smoking constricts blood vessels which work against that erection. If you like red wine it can be helpful for circulation just take it easy and keep it to a minimum. 

3. Sunshine. Getting a little sun boosts the production of melatonin which could lead to an increase in your sex drive. Like alcohol consumption, keep your intake to a minimum. 

4. Take your vitamins. Vitamins and supplements are a great way to stay healthy with the added benefit of lasting longer in bed. Vitamin B3 gives you energy while Vitamin B6 help boost sperm production. Wanna know what other vitamins you should be taking? Here is a blog on 6 vitamins you should be taking to help increase your stamina.

5. De-stress. Don’t feel like you need to run out try a yoga class (although that wouldn’t hurt) but finding ways to destress is essential to any guy’s performance. Lifting weights or biking is a healthy approach and can only help. 

Before starting any new diet or exercise program always consult with your physician first. 

 

4 Basic Manscaping Tips Every Guy Should Know

4 Basic Manscaping Tips Every Guy Should Know

If you haven’t googled “pineapple penis” I’ll save you the trouble. It’s the latest manscaping trend and basically involves shaving all the hair off the base of your penis and letting it grow until it gets prickly like a pineapple. Not sure why this is a thing. Personally speaking, that phase of growth is pretty uncomfortable and leads to lots of ball scratching and adjusting of my junk.

If a pineapple penis is not your thing, you still should manscape mostly because women appreciate it more which leads to more sex. 

For those of you new to manscaping or those that are not sure they were ever doing it right here are 4 basic tips to scape your junk. 

Tip 1:  Don’t use products that would cause red bumps, itching, or anything else that would lead to the kind of itching associated with crabs or an STD. For instance, don’t use the shaving cream you would use on your face to shave your shaft. Avoid mineral oil, heavy scents, and “cooling” or “soothing” products which contain eucalyptus and could burn. 

Tip 2. Exfoliating goes a long way in preventing some nasty-ass in-grown hairs. Just like your face, you will want to open up your pores with steam or warm water. The easiest and best way is to just do it while you are in the shower. Just make sure you are not using regular body soap and an exfoliating soap that contains volcanic lava rock. 

Tip 3:  Don’t be tempted to use the same razor that you use on your face. DON’T DO IT.  For the sake of safety, use an electric shaver and clean and maintain the blades properly.  After all, ball hair is a different kind of hair than facial hair. Plus, there is a bacteria issue. Check out the manscaped set that comes with an electric razor and deodorant for your balls.

Tip 4:  There is no shortage of videos out there that show you the proper technique for getting and maintaining the most desirable manscape design. Take the time to watch these videos and follow them before trying it first. I mean…you don’t want to end up with cactus penis nevermind a pineapple one. Here’s a video to get you started.

There is no wrong way as far as how you want to design, fluff or trim your pubic hair just don’t be in a hurry and follow the above basic tips. 

Combat Hair Loss and Balding With These Easy Tips 

Combat Hair Loss and Balding With These Easy Tips 

A couple of years back I decided to do something about my receding hairline. Ok, fine…I’m balding and tired of losing my hair. In a moment of desperation, I decided to try Rogaine and things didn’t go well. You can read all about my month on Rogaine in this blog. Needless to say, it was not an option after some unwanted side effects.

After a recent haircut appointment, I made the decision to ask the gal that cuts my hair for advice on not losing any more of my already-receding hairline. I have been going to the same person for three years for my semi-weekly trims so I knew she would be honest.

She offered the following tips that are minimal and help keep that balding spot from growing. I’m willing to give these tips a shot.

—Wash your hair on a regular basis with a mild shampoo.   A clean scalp helps prevent dandruff and infections in your hair follicles. However, the kind of shampoo you use makes a difference. Mild shampoos do not contain fragrances or crazy chemicals that can screw up your scalp. Here’s a mild shampoo that is reasonably priced and will do the trick.

—Avoid brushing your hair while it is wet.     I have always brushed my hair while it is wet but this is a big “no-no” because your hair is weakest when it’s soaked. And here’s the second thing I’ve been doing wrong—brushing my hair too much. That’s right, hang on to more hair by running your fingers through it instead.

—Your hair does not like excessive sweating.    The term “helmet head” or “hat head” is not a myth, it’s real and can do real damage to your hair. Hats or helmets allow that sweat to make a nice home in your hair shaft which leads to weakened hair shafts and greater loss. Guys with dandruff totally get this in the summertime. If you have the balls to wear one, consider a bandana or a scarf to keep the sweat away. 

—Lose the man bun.    Guys with longer locks that ear their hair in a ponytail or guys with enough hair to pull a man bun may want to rethink that dude updo. Pulling and tearing at the hair follicles leads to less hair. 

—Check your meds.    You may be taking some medications that are actually causing you to lose your hair. Do an inventory, check the symptoms and side effects and talk to your doctor about other options or at least be aware. Just be sure to talk to your doctor about it first. 

—Dry naturally.    Hairdryers are convenient but if you can switch up your routine and allow your hair to dry, it will go a long way. The more heat you use, the more the proteins in your hair are damaged. If you can, air-dry your hair instead. Dry towels are also not recommended. 

—Scalp massages.    Not only do scalp massages feel awesome but they also help stimulate your hair follicles. Apparently, you can also rub in some essential oil, green tea and even garlic juice (not sure if it’s worth the stench) to help get your hair to grow a bit more. 

—Vitamins and supplements.    Vitamin E boosts blood circulation (which could also help with your endurance in bed) and Vitamin B helps you keep your hair color.

Give Your Sex Life a Boost With These Simple Everyday Habits 

Give Your Sex Life a Boost With These Simple Everyday Habits 

You may be surprised to know that spicing up your sex life doesn’t involve drawing warm bubble baths, lighting candles or dropping a trail of rose petals (although that wouldn’t hurt). In fact, simply incorporating these every day habits can lead to a better sex life with your partner. 

Here a list of everyday habits you should practice for a better sex life: 

Divide up the chores.   A recent survey points to a more robust sex life for couples that share in the chores such as cooking, dishwashing and grocery shopping together. It doesn’t sound very sexy but apparently sharing means caring and can be a big turn-on for women. 

Stop stressing.   Sex may relieve stress but de-stressing before having sex means better sex. Work, bills, health issues, family…the list is endless when it comes to triggers that raise our cortisol levels and block the libido we want. Whatever allows you brain dump and let go some of life’s stresses should happen before you get busy between the sheets. A light walk, an upper body workout, walking the dog or sipping on a glass of vino can be effective to unwinding. 

A better diet.   You are what you eat and this applies to your sex life as well. Certain foods can block the libido you want and need. Foods such as mint, coffee, diet drinks and sodas can screw with your screwing. Consider incorporating vitamins and supplements into your diet. Here are 11 foods that will boost your health and stamina. But before you consider changing up your diet, consult with your doctor first. 

Exercise.   Not only is regular exercise good for your body but it’s integral to your sex life as well. Consider working out at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes. In fact, try working out with your partner. Check out this list of exercises that every guy should do for better performance in bed. 

Consider your medications.  Anti-depressants high-blood pressure drugs have been linked to a lower libido. Consult with your physician about what medications you are taking any other options or alternative medications that work best for your body. 

Turn off the TV and turn up your sex life.  Multiple studies have shown that a TV in your bedroom can kill the mood. Television can be a big distraction from making love and that’s the last thing you want when you are trying to have a healthy sex life. If you must keep one in your bedroom, consider limiting what hours it is on. 

Lastly, if you think it’s more an emotional or commitment issue, consider seeking couples counseling. 

Guys Confess All the Nasty Rituals They Do in Private on Viral Reddit Thread 

Guys Confess All the Nasty Rituals They Do in Private on Viral Reddit Thread I’m a big fan of trending news especially ones that don’t involve politics like today’s story about a downright gross things guys do when they are alone. Admittedly, I have a few of my own rituals but here are the takeaways from the Reddit thread. If there are any women out there reading this, I hate to tell you that most of these rituals are true and most guys have done them. 

If you’ve got the stomach here are the best responses:

Eating while on the toilet (going number 2, of course).   The thread actually starts out with a Reddit user complaining that his brother was scarfing down a bowl of cereal while taking a dump. I personally have never done this but it’s not uncommon either. One of my roommates was famous for eating sandwiches while on the throne. 

Smell tests.   Yes, this particular ritual got quite a reaction with several guys weighing on doing a smell check of their armpits, behind their ears or nether regions. I can certainly relate to this and as a courtesy to my girlfriend and others, I do a quick check to make sure I don’t smell like a cricket cage. In fact, I keep ball spray on hot standby in case I need it in a pinch. I also like to use a product called, Dude Wipes. What I don’t get is that some guys reportedly found their own smells soothing. 

Peeing in the shower.   Not only do I do this on occasion but it really does save time. I am not about to hop out mid-shower to take a leak. My girlfriend also does this and neither one of us are bothered by it at all. But I can see where some germaphobes might go crazy over it. 

Blowing out snot while in the shower.  One Reddit user also admitted to doing full-on snot rockets while in the shower. I’ve done that a few times during higher allergy seasons and when I had a cold. 

Smelling your own flatulence.   I think this goes for both men and women. Although, I think most guys are more open about owning up to it and the true enjoyment of smelling your own. When I asked my girl about it she wouldn’t fess up to enjoying them. 

Peeing in the sink while brushing your teeth.   I do this as well but not on a regular basis. Shhhhh, don’t tell my GF. It’s bad enough she knows I piss in the shower. 

The explicit Reddit thread gets even odder and more disgusting even for me but feel free to check it out or chime in.

The Best Sex Toys for Guys to Last Longer in Bed

The Best Sex Toys for Guys to Last Longer in Bed

In this blog, we talk quite a bit about erections, sex, foods that help erections and pretty much anything related to guys and sex. What we haven’t touched on are other methods to keep an erection outside of what to eat or what not to eat to keep your sexual stamina flowing. 

Turns out, sex toys are not only for women and can do quite a bit for guys and how long they last in bed. I recently reached out to a gal that held a sex toy party at my house for my girlfriend’s book club. I was told to make myself scarce as nervous giggles gave way to outright laughter while a living room full of woman dug into the dip and discussed the best vibrators to climax. Believe me, I would have liked to have stayed. 

What I did do was snag a business card and hit her up for some advice. She asked that I not use her name because the sex toy party franchise for which she worked would not give her permission. However, what she did allow me to share is sexual stamina gold. 

Here are the best sex toys for guys to last longer in bed:

Cock/Penis Rings 

This is essentially the go-to for guys when trying to reach and keep their climax going. Cock rings help bring more blood flow to the penis leading to more stamina. The other benefit of cock rings is that they are relatively inexpensive and very effective. What matters the most is that YOU READ the directions and follow them. Thankfully, it’s not as complicated as putting together IKEA furniture and quite harmless. 

Penis Pumps

I know what you are picturing or at least hearing in your head, Austin Powers. But penis pumps should be your bag, baby, because the right one does work. Again, like the cock ring, it’s all about the blood flow to your penis and more importantly, increasing the blood flow. I was warned that it’s all about the frequency or consistency of using your penis pump. The more you use it on a regular basis the better and longer your erections. 

Lubricants and Salves

Lubes work and I have been personally using them along with ED natural supplements for a good five years. I use an erection stimulating cream that does exactly what its name implies. But there is more than one type. The other helps stave off sensation without killing it entirely which keeps you from having to think about Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day or following Frankie’s advice and Relax. I would rather feel all the sensation so the lube is a better avenue for me. 

Masturbation Sleeves

The best part about this sexual stamina aid is that practice makes perfect. Simply use it while treating your body as your personal amusement park. Using a masturbation sleeve not only eliminates the need to use your left hand as a “stranger” but it aids in learning to have more control over your orgasms and that’s the whole point to lasting longer.

Get Six-Pack Abs in Time for Summer With These Two Moves 

Get Six-Pack Abs in Time for Summer With These Two Moves 

You can’t sell tickets to the “gun show” without the six-pack to go with it. There is still time to get your abs ready for the summer and there is another good reason to get work on them—it boosts your overall workout performance. 

One of the most neglected of all ab muscles is the transversus abdominis but one of the most important because it stabilizes your lower back which helps with posture and back pain. Its also the deepest muscle in your abs and will also help with those deadlifts. 

The good news is that simply adding these exercises will help you work more than just your obliques and upper abs. 

First move: Planks.

If you are not used to doing these or don’t normally incorporate those into your workout it’s important to do them properly first rather than how long you hold one. Proper form starts with drawing your belly button towards the direction of your spine. Next, you will want to keep your hips lifted while engaging your core and your quad muscles. A good rule of thumb to avoid any neck pain or strain is to hold your chin approximately six inches from the front of your body. Here is a handy video demonstration on how-to-do the perfect plank.

Second move: The “dead bug.”

This effective exercise is probably a staple in your girlfriend’s pilates class but it’s really just another type of a hollow hold exercise technique. You start by laying on your back with your knees bent at 90 degrees and your feet in the air. Raise your hands in the air, and keeping your back pressed to the floor (eliminating as much or all space between your lower back and the ground), extend your right leg in front of you and allow your left to move over your head making sure to alternate with the opposite hand and leg motion. Start with 15 reps and work your way up from there. Check out this video on proper dead bug form. 

Last but not least remember to never incorporate a new diet or exercise plan without consulting your physician. 

How I Dropped 35 Pounds And Got Off Blood Pressure Pills

How I Dropped 35 Pounds And Got Off Blood Pressure Pills

I remember when my t-shirts started getting tighter before I noticed the struggle to button my dress pants. 

I mean, dress pants can be uncomfortable but t-shirts? Plus, I had had my annual physical complete with some blood drawn and a jog on a treadmill. Admittedly, I have fallen off the workout wagon at least on a consistent basis over the past three years. 

Needless to say, I did a good job of paying attention to my craft beers before paying attention to what the scale said. In fact, I never step on the scale and I’m always confused at the pains that girlfriend goes through to weigh herself. You know, first thing in the morning in the buff and only after she spent some time in the bathroom. 

I can’t say I was entirely shocked to see the needle move up thirty-five pounds since I last weighed myself which was over two years ago at this same doctor’s office. 

My doctor is a no-nonsense kind of guy and gave it to me straight—I had gotten fat and now needed high-blood pressure medication. And, if I didn’t do something about it I would end up on more medications to treat other maladies like diabetes. He gave me the news and was not about to sugarcoat it—I was fat and needed to do something about it. 

My girlfriend has been on some low-carb diet for as long as I can remember and never forced me to skip out on portions of pasta or desserts or even the crappy fast food I ate. So, she encouraged me to ditch the carbs and processed shit. 

The problem for me was I needed something drastic that didn’t allow any type of alcohol in my diet which is why I turned to The Whole 30 Diet this past January. I am a bit of a do or die resolution kind of guy and January was the perfect month to be in misery with fellow dieters. Plus, The Whole 30 Diet is healthy and almost a bit of a dare…..can you give up alcohol, processed foods, sugars or anything that is quick to make? 

I am not much of a cook but I was able to rise to the challenge after buying a The Whole 30 Cookbook. I followed every recipe to a “T” because you have to…most of crap in our foods are hidden in sauces including soy and gluten. By the way, soy is in quite a bit of everything in the condiments section of your fridge. 

After following this admittedly strict diet, I dropped fifteen pounds in my first month which helped me build momentum and allowed my t-shirts to fit again. But, I also realized diet would not be enough, I had to exercise. I don’t like the gym so I brought the gym to me. I decided to plunk down the money and get a Peloton.

Yes, a Peloton is expensive, but it’s still cheaper than a personal trainer and you don’t have to drive anywhere. The schedule of live classes also means that I can sign up just like I would at the gym. The app also makes it worth it with treadmill challenges although I refuse to spend the money on their treadmill after buying a spin bike. 

Three-plus months later and I’ve dropped 35 pounds and dropped my blood pressure pills. My belly is no longer filling the space of t-shirts to full capacity and my dress pants require a belt.

My biggest takeaway is that you have to face the fact that you are fat and not sugarcoat it, find a diet that is something that is reasonable and something you can do on an ongoing basis and also easy to understand and an exercise routine that is sustainable. 

Want to kick off your diet today? Check out this blog on foods to kick your metabolism into shape.

As always, consult your physician FIRST before starting any new diet or exercise program. 

 

 

The Best Low-Carb Craft Beers to Keep and Maintain those Six Pack Abs

The Best Tasting and Low-Carb Craft Beers to Keep and Maintain those Six Pack Abs

The old adage that abs are made in the kitchen is very true according to the trainer that I just hired. I’m currently working on my getting rid of the dad bod that I worked hard to form over the winter drinking beer and blowing off the gym. 

I eat pretty healthily but my caloric nemesis is the craft beers that I love the hell out of. Naturally, my trainer suggested that I give up beer entirely until I got to my goal weight but I am not going to give up beer for life. 

Before starting my rigorous routine the following week, I decided that I should figure out a game plan for my beer. After testing several beers I compiled a list of the lowest-calorie beers that don’t taste like garden hose water was the main ingredient. 

Here is a list of the best tasting craft beers that are low-carb and lower in calories. You can thank me later. 

New Belgium Glütiny Pale Ale 

At just 150 calories and 10 grams of carbs, it’s hard to believe that you’re drinking a craft brew. Lots of flavors and it doesn’t taste too light. Most of the gluten has been removed so that your gluten-free friends can have one as well. I was also able to find it at restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings and it’s currently only available in the bottle. Just be aware that the ABV is 6 percent and with its smooth taste you might just grab a buzz. 

Founders Brewing Company’s All Day IPA  

The lively hops will make you hoppy but you will really make you excited is that its only 140 calories. Plus, if you are really into New-England style IPAs, you should be drinking this whether you care about carbs or not. It was one of my favorites because it wasn’t too bitter and you won’t get hammered with an ABV of 4.7. 

Left Hand Brewing’s Saison au Ble de Minuit 

I am not a huge fan of stouts but if you are feeling one this will cut down your caloric intake quite a bit. At 199 calories and an ABV of 6.8 percent you will still get the alcohol you like in a stout but with at least 100 calories or less. 

Allagash Brewing Company’s Allagash White

I have been a super fan of this beer and was shit happy when I found out it only had 159 calories and an ABV of 5.1 percent. Drinks like a light wheat beer with plenty of creamy flavor—no orange needed. This wheat will become your new favorite beach beer this summer.

Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner

This solid but light pilsner is only 160 calories and has an ABV at 5.3 percent. This beer is perfectly balanced with hints of grapefruit, a touch of hop and even some spice. The mermaid on the can will also make you not want to use a koozie. 

Sweetwater Brewing’s 429 Extra Pale Ale

I used to drink the hell out of this West Coast-style beer when I lived in Atlanta and it’s still as good as I remember. The centennial hops coupled with grapefruit is so delicious that you will have a hard time believing it’s only 168 calories. Oh, and an ABV of 5.7 percent means you can handle it. 

Cheers! 

Four Reasons Why Most Guys Should Be Taking a Yoga Class

Four Reasons Why Most Guys Should Be Taking a Yoga Class

The gyms are packed this time of year and you can expect to wait a bit longer to grab those free weights or jump on the machine. While hitting the gym is the go-to way get to work strengthening those abs and building those muscles, you may want to consider hitting a yoga studio as well.

That’s right. I got a chance to try out my first class with my girlfriend and let’s just say…mind blown and the benefits extend beyond the eye candy in class (most women are stripped down to just a sports bra and tight yoga pants). 

Here are four reasons and takeaways from attending my first yoga class as a guy.

Did I mention eye candy?   When the class first started I had a hard time focusing in on holding and letting out my breath nevermind warrior pose. The women in yoga classes are flexible, bending over backwards and feel comfortable enough to strip down to tight pants and just a kind-off sporty bra top. I eventually got comfortable enough to be around them but it was a bonus right from the start. 

Increased my range of motion.  I didn’t notice until two days later when I was at the gym mid bi-cep curl that it was easier to move and with less stiffness. Turns out, all the standing tree and back bending loosened me up enough to kill it (in a good way) on weights. The movements and positions that you do during yoga also lengthen mucles in a way that can’t be done when you are doing repetitive exercises at the gym. 

Catching my breath.  Full disclosure? I pay ZERO attention to my breathing unless I am doing reps and using breathing to count. But the practice of just breathing over and over again actually helped me during cardio. I felt that I could pull in more breath and let it out. While the practice of breathing in yoga class wasn’t my favorite, it helped me to keep up my energy level during a run. 

Better sex life.   If my gifrlfriend had told me this sooner I would have hit the yoga studio with her years ago. Instead, I was approached by the yoga instructor/teacher at the end of class and explained how and why yoga improves your sex life. One big reason is a more toned pelvic muscle. In fact, there is a 2011 study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine that goes deeper into the many benefits. 

While yoga will never replace my gym workout I am always down for all the other benefits that come with it. So the next time your girlfriend or spouse bugs you about going to yoga with them shock the shit out of them and show up—your body will thank you for it later.