20 Sexy Little Things You Can Do Outside The Bedroom To Strengthen Your Bond With Your Partner

There's no denying it, that sexual and physical spark is pretty important in a relationship. Yet, if you're only bonding in the bedroom, it could also mean your relationship might not get to a deeper, emotional level. A fix? Engage in sexy little things outside the bedroom to become more intimate in other ways and increase the chances of your relationship succeeding, long-term. Plus, most of these activities are still fun and playful, but you'll be keeping your pants on. (And, you can always take them off later, too.)

As a certified health coach, I work with clients on feeling confident and comfortable in their relationships, but that also means doing regular activities that can bring in the heat, in order to avoid that dreaded relationship rut. (Plus, if you're in a long-term relationship, this step is even more critical.) The good news: You can maintain that spark by playing little games and seducing each other in ways both outside and inside the bedroom. Sure, finding ways to fool around in bed might sounds easy. Yet, finding little ways to tease or get your partner excited in other ways that don't directly involve sex can be way more challenging. Here are 20 things to do to keep that spark alive and strong.

1. Discuss Fantasies

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"Everyone has sexual fantasies but rarely do couples get to the place where they feel comfortable sharing those desires. I say sit down outside of the bedroom and just be open to expressing  your fantasies and listening to what your partner deeply desires," says Craig Cole, founder of the dating app Doppler Social app over email with Bustle. If you're curious, here's the breakdown. "My company did a survey exploring sexual desires. It turns out women are really into role-playing with their partner while men are most turned on by threesomes," Cole adds.

2. Get Inside Your Partner's Head

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Take some time to ask your partner about different personal and sexual inclinations to get through to them on a deeper level. Not only is communication so important for a successful relationship, but it also can help you connect in other little, and sexy, ways. "Sometimes the sexiest ways to connect outside of the bedroom is getting inside your partner's head," says Cole.

3. Touch Each Other More

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Sure, there's plenty of touching in the bedroom, but make sure to keep that touch alive and vibrant during the day too, where you're outside in the real world. For instance, hold hands when walking, touch each other when communicating something personal, or give a kiss hello and goodbye upon greeting. "The principle is that touch – a friendly touch – helps develop and strengthen the relationship. This then blossoms in the bedroom," explains Brian Taylor, a relationship coach, over email with Bustle.

4. Set The Mood All Day

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Before leading up to that sexytime in the bedroom, do little sexy things earlier in the day that signify suggestive thoughts, says Taylor. It's a good idea to create an environment during the day to encourage your partner to develop good and positive sexual thoughts, says Taylor. Perhaps light candles for when your partner comes home or send a sext when your partner's at work. These little things can build anticipation for the main event.

5. Reimagine A First Date

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Remember that first date? There was tons of flirting both during and after (and likely for days, weeks, or even months after if you're still together). Bring back that chemistry and take time to flirt with your partner, says Michelle A. Roberts, M.A. over email with Bustle. Yes that means be direct in your flirting, to the point where it's a huge turn on.

6. Send A Sexy Text

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Roberts also recommends sending sexy texts or photos to playfully tease your partner outside the bedroom. Of course, if it's been just one date or so, you probably want to hold back until you're more comfortable around each other or established as a couple (you should always be careful before sending racy photos). Yet, if it's all good, go ahead and make your partner want you, bad.

7. Tell Your Partner You Have A Surprise Later

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Clearly, this is a sexy prize. Roberts says that being explicit, saying that you can't wait to see your partner later because of a special surprise (wink, wink, here), will build that excitement for the hours leading up to it. This way, you'll be flirty and feel close when apart, and then you can reunite later in the bedroom.

8. Initiate Sex Outside The Bedroom

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You know when you wake up and your partner wants a quickie before breakfast and a shower, or when you make a plan to go to sleep but end up fooling around instead. Take advantage of the moments outside the bedroom to heat things up and then move to the bedroom, says Sarah Hunter Murray, Sex Researcher & Relationship Therapist, over email with Bustle. "If you're both at home lounging on the couch and zoning out on your phones, try sending a flirtatious text to surprise your partner. Perhaps a kiss or winking face emoji or, if you're feeling bolder 'wanna make out' or even 'meet me upstairs.' The element of surprise will break you out of your familiar routine and add some spice to an otherwise uneventful weeknight," Murray explains.

9. Look Hot AF (And Feel Awesome)

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I don't mean super racy, here, as your partner probably thinks you look great in anything, from skinny jeans to poncho. Yet, it doesn't hurt to wear something sexy that you know your partner will love. "Dress in a way that your partner finds sexy and arousing while out together. You shouldn’t feel completely uncomfortable, but knowing that your partner appreciates what they see can raise your confidence and your own arousal," explains sex expert, Kayla Lord, over email with Bustle.

10. Play In Public

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What's that? "Wearable vibrators, Kegel balls that connect to an app, and other quiet and discreet sex toys for a great way to have a very sexy moment with the slight fear of being caught in a safe way," says Lord. "While you’re out together - running errands or doing mundane things - you’re both very aware of the stimulation that one (or both) of you are experiencing. It’ll likely make you wish you were at home and naked together," Lord says.

11. Share A Hot Bath

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Take it to the bathroom and draw a warm bath with candles, music, and maybe some red wine. This can be super romantic, and still plenty sexual, and it's a way to connect outside the bedroom. What's more, you'll likely be able to improve that connection inside the bedroom, too, as you'll feel more intimate, over all and discover new ways to be together.

12. Use Eye Contact In Normal Life

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When you're not in bed, maintain that eye contact. That means, look into each other's eyes when speaking, sharing breakfast or a meal, and even just for little things when you feel the urge to connect and show appreciation. Plus, using eye contact means you're attracted to the other person, so it'll help you both remember just how into each other you are.

13. Watch Porn Together

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If you and your partner watch porn together, it can help move things to the bedroom eventually, or it'll at least spark some good ideas for different positions, role play scenarios, or fetishes that you might be interested in trying. Just be sure your partner is on board before diving right in to something adventurous or controversial.

14. Read Erotic Novels

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Shake things up and get a little kinky by reading erotic novels together when outside the bedroom. "Our beautiful book style storage boxes each contain a themed collection of 'toys', all complementing a short erotic story found on the inside cover of the 'Novel'," says Anne Moyer, president of Novel Erotics over email with Bustle. "The story provides a little inspiration for those that might not know where to start," Moyer explains. For example, "Evening Tea contains a story of a gentleman courting a very proper lady over tea. Much to his surprise, he ends up pants-less, bound, and at his mistress's disposal. The set contains wristcuffs, a collar and leash, rope, mini-flogger, paddle, and feather tickler," Moyer says.

15. Cook A Meal Together

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Getting things heated in the kitchen can bring you and your partner closer, where things will ultimately become hotter between the sheets, too. By learning how to cook a meal together, you're learning something new and taking an adventure. Plus, you can always enjoy a bottle of wine (or two) for romance and playfulness, too.

16. Bite & Lick Your Lips

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I don't mean lick your lips to wipe off mayo from a roast beef sandwich. Licking or casually biting your lips can be super seductive and really turn your partner on when outside the bedroom. Plus, you can do this anytime of day and in public without making a scene. (Which is even more sexy when you think about it, right?)

17. Give Each Other Massages

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Take turns giving each other massages to really bond and get that sense of touch without legitimate sex. (Plus, if you're both physically active, that massage is probably needed and appreciated, too.) You can bring out oils, music, candles, and other romantic gestures to foster that intimacy and connection.

18. Split Chores

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Believe it or not, pulling your weight in doing the chores can be seen as super sexy. "Acts of service (Yes, from Gary Chapman's book The 5 Love Languages) can show your partner that you care, and be a major turn on because you've been helpful," says Dr. Donna Oriowo, LICSW, M.Ed over email with Bustle. When you're done, feel free to hop into bed.

19. Play A Board Game

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Yes, you can totally play sex games, like role playing, but bring out some board games and put a sexy spin on them for a fun game night at home. "Play a game, with a twist! A game of monopoly can be much more fun if you lose clothes and money. Spicing up game night to learn more about your partner's sexual likes and dislikes, with the challenge of trying them out in the game, make sitting around the living room that much more fun," says Oriowo.

20. Give Regular Compliments

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Take time to show appreciation and express just how attractive you find your partner to be. "Giving your partner compliments throughout the day, not only makes them feel desired, but also strengthens your relationship," says Rhonda Milrad, LCSW, Founder of online relationship community, Relationup over email with Bustle. A simple, "That dress looks so hot on you," or "You were amazing last night at dinner with my Mom," will do.

If you're looking to keep that spark alive in the bedroom, you'll need to take time to put the work in outside, too. It's all connected. Just remember: being more intimate throughout the day will make nighttime activities that much hotter.