How to steam up your sex life this winter

Discover little ways to keep your sex life hot as the temperature drops.

By Jessica Padykula

Enjoy the indoors by getting intimate with your partner
Winter is not usually conducive to feeling sexy. We're staying at home more than going out, and are buried under multiple layers of clothing, often favouring flannel over anything else in our closets. Not exactly a recipe for romance. But despite the swirling snow and sub-zero temperatures, getting your groove back in the bedroom can be easier than you think.

We turned to Dana B. Myers, a relationship expert, founder of sexy lifestyle brand Booty Parlor and author of Mojo Makeover: Four Weeks to a Sexier You (Harper Perennial, 2011), for some simple ways to rev up the romance this winter. "The winter months can put a damper on many couples' love lives," she says. "After a long day's work and a hefty, warm dinner, the couch and TV seem more appealing than a wild romp in the bedroom." Myers shares her top five get-frisky tips sure to heat up your sex life this season.

1. Get playful
Winter snowstorms provide endless opportunities to reconnect with your partner, Myers says. Instead of hiding from the falling snow, think like a kid. Bundle up and go sledding together. It's romantic and it beats grumbling about whose turn it is to shovel the driveway.

"The silliness of sliding down hills in tandem will make you laugh, and holding onto each other for dear life will bring you closer," she explains. Experiencing one of life's simple joys together isn't just a way to boost your bond. It can also help get you in the mood for sex. "When you have fun together you'll find that it's not only your love that increases, but your libido, too," says Myers.

2. Cook with aphrodisiacs
Staying inside during the winter months often means more home cooking. Rather than sticking to your usual repertoire of cold-weather recipes, try cooking with something sexy and making meals together. "Pick a night every week to cook together using aphrodisiacs: ingredients that inspire desire," Myers says. "As you cook, ignite your senses by taking in the aromas." Aphrodisiac ingredients are said to boost sex drive and include items such as figs, almonds, oysters, truffle oil, honey, pomegranate and ginger.

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