The unexpected benefit pilates can have on your sex life

Pilates is always a good idea. As Zoe Bertali, yoga teacher at studio The Refinery in London told Harper's Bazaar pilates "is a physical system that uses very specific targeted exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and posture with particular focus on the core." But that's not all.

If you needed another reason to take up pilates, according to the experts, it can have huge benefits for your sex life. Yep, according to Tracy Zindell (via SHAPE), founder and master instructor of Flex Pilates Chicago, "You have way better orgasms with Pilates." And it all comes down to learning to connect your mind, body, and spirit.

"To totally enjoy having sex, you have to have the mind, body, and spirit in balance," Carolyne Anthony, the founder and creative director of The Center for Women's Fitness Pilates in Chicago told Pilates Anytime. "The Pilates method is an excellent tool in your toolbox for bringing yourself into that optimal alignment," she continued.

Pilates can improve your workouts outside the bedroom as well

It also has a lot to do with the fact that pilates strengthens your pelvic floor muscles. As Physiotherapist, physiopilates instructor and spokesperson for the Professional Network of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapists Amanda Savage, explained to Healthista, "Vaginal sensation is felt with pressure and deep touch more than light sensations." She continued, "Sexual pleasure comes from the movement and build-up of friction against the vaginal walls... [which are] are layered with the pelvic floor muscles." By strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, you are "improving blood supply and nerve activity," which will help you achieve increased pleasure.

Better still, pilates can help you with your workouts outside the bedroom, too. "Pilates is a very helpful supplement for most any activity, since it brings more awareness into your midsection and to those more postural movement patterns," Aaron Alexander, movement coach and author of The Align Method, told Well+Good. He explained, "If your midsection is off, the rest of your body can be off, and Pilates does a really good job of tying all of your muscles together," he added. Time to sign up for your first class!