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"Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene."

 A. C. Benson


Kick-Start Your Marriage with Fitness
By Lena Katz

Remember the honeymoon days? Pre-PTA, pre-Pampers, even pre-pregnancy? It was easy, back then, for you and your honey to find time for each other. Normal to feel a little buzz of excitement when your eyes met across the room.

Obviously, that fizzy honeymoon feeling can't last forever—everybody knows that reality has to kick in at some point. Inevitably, kids and careers start to sap the energy that was once devoted to your relationship. But that doesn't mean that romance has to be a distant memory. In fact, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), regular exercise could be the key to unlock your extra reserves of va-va-voom.

"Yes, I've heard that before," you say. "But why would an hour of cardio give me extra energy? Wouldn't it be just the opposite?"

Well, no. In laymen's terms, exercise gets your blood pumping and makes you feel like a teenager again. In fact, studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (June 2004) and the Annals of Internal Medicine (August 2003) showed that exercise and a reduced-calorie diet significantly improved the ability of men—particularly those over 50—to perform in the bedroom.

For women, the effects of exercise and a healthier lifestyle might be psychological as much as physical. According to a recent article in the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, people who exercise regularly perceive themselves as more desirable than those who don't.

But did we really need a study to convince us of that?

If you're like most people, the only "expert opinion" necessary is that of your significant other—and the only "expert results" you need to hear are along the lines of, "Wow, you look great!" or "Hey, sexy thing . . . come over here and give me a kiss." We're willing to bet that the light in your sweetie's eyes when they admire the newer, sleeker, more confident you will be all you need to rekindle the spark in your marriage.

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There Is Someone Out There Who Is Perfect for You

Are you single and looking for a partner to share your interests? Do you want to have someone to work out with who’ll support you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Here at Beachbody.com we’ve decided to give affinity-based dating a chance, and help you find a partner who understands and respects your desire to live an active and healthy life. That’s why we chose to work with the experts at PerfectMatch.com, to create an opportunity for you, our single reader, to get closer to your goal of being . . . un-single.

 Here’s some advice from Dr. Pepper Schwartz, the Relationship Expert at PerfectMatch.com:

Thinking about meeting someone online, but feeling a little nervous? Believe me, you are not the only one. Putting yourself out there takes guts. But, based on my personal experience, once you’ve taken the plunge and joined a site like PerfectMatch.com, you’ll see why this is such a great new option for people like you.

Here are a few pointers to help you become successful:

  • DO get specific in your online profile.
  • DON'T disclose too much personal information.
  • DO scratch beneath the surface of the people you meet.
  • DON'T sell yourself short. Forget false modesty on the Web.
  • DON'T tell little white lies. Be honest online because it’s the right thing to do.
  • DO look for someone as serious as you are.
  • DON'T hog the dialogue. It’s important that you give the other person time to describe themselves.
  • DO be positive. Nobody wants to start a dialogue with someone who is mopey and negative

 Savor meeting new people. Be optimistic that you will find an amazing person. You probably will! If you’d like to dip your toe in the water, why not join PerfectMatch.com, the fastest growing online relationship service on the Web. Get started with the free Duet™ Total Compatibility Profile.

Sincerely,

Relationship Expert for PerfectMatch.com

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