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How To Take Care of That Sexy Body Post-Cancer

How others perceive you -- and how you perceive yourself -- can have a direct effect on your sex life... especially after cancer. As you likely know, many cancer treatments can leave you feeling sexless, or just plain ugly. But the more you take care of your bod, the sexier you'll feel. What should this self-care regimen entail?

For one thing, you should eat mindfully. People tend to binge eat unhealthy and processed foods when they're feeling stressed or depressed. If you pay closer attention to what you're eating, in terms of both nutritional value and portion size, you'll start to feel stronger, slimmer, and generally healthier. Some foods and vitamins can even help replace those vitamins that have been in short supply since your health scare.

You should also exercise regularly. It can be tough to gather up the motivation to sweat, but the benefits outweigh the pain-in-the-butt effort. Exercise can reduce your stress levels, help you relax, strengthen your body, and also combat many of the side effects associated with cancer treatments. Not only that, but exercise releases endorphins that raise libido levels, and maintaining a strong body can make you feel extra sexy. To make it easier on yourself, choose a workout you enjoy, rather than mindlessly throwing yourself at the treadmill every day. There are tons of workouts out there designed to make you smile, such as hoop dancing, belly dancing, punk rope, and laughing yoga. Pick one you can look forward to, and reap the myriad benefits.

Finally, allow yourself to splurge on some extra-cute outfits and luxe hygiene products. Dressing up can be confidence- and libido-boosting for both men and women, and will cause bereft and confused partners to do a double take.

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