Quiz: Who has 50 percent less sex: The couple with two kids; the couple with no kids, the couple who live in Paris or the couple who live in New York?
Answer: The couple who has a TV in their bedroom! That’s right. No matter where you live or how many kids you have, if you have a TV in your bedroom, studies show that you’re having 50 percent less sex than folks who don’t. Screen time — including social media, games and videos on your tablet, laptop or smartphone — can spell digital death to romance, especially if you take the devices to bed.
Need more incentive to limit screen time? A new study found that prolonged TV viewing (we say any screen will do) leads to early death from multiple causes. So, if you’re ready to tune into each other, here are a few more ideas for rekindling that spark.
Talk over dinner, don’t text. Sharing thoughts and feelings fuels romance. And dish up some leafy greens; they’re packed with nutrients and nitric oxide, which improve blood flow (a vital part of any romantic relationship).
Don’t wait until five minutes before bedtime to start thinking about lovin’ feelings. Give passion time to heat up.
Move it, together. Intimacy takes physical comfort and stamina! So start a walking routine. You’ll improve cardio function (that improves orgasm) and have fun (a prerequisite for joyous intimacy). Get pedometers and good shoes, and aim for 10,000 steps a day, every day, no excuses. More and better intimacy is within walking distance.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.