The majority of people exercise to improve health, athletic performance and physical appearance. Usually, it is a combination of all three. The inclusion of regular bedroom antics in your weekly routine is important in maintaining a healthy, active and happy life. Research suggests that a loving relationship, physical touch and the mechanics of sex all contribute to significant improvements in both mental and physical health. Sex is arguably the most enjoyable (and free) activity that it is possible to participate in and it is not often that the things you enjoy most coincide with a wide range of health benefits.
I know you don’t need any convincing, but here are some of the positive health benefits to be gained from sex with a regular partner. Research suggests that promiscuity actually has the opposite effect on our health, increasing anxiety and feelings of depression in particular.
Scientific studies support the theory that sex can increase your lifespan. Queen’s University conducted a 10-year study which found that those who orgasm more often, live longer. A long term population study of the elderly also found that men who have intercourse twice per week live longer than those who have sex once per month or less. Enjoy yourself as much as possible and extend the years you have to continue that enjoyment!
When we sweat during sex it helps to cleanse the pores in our skin leaving us with a healthy, post-sex glow! Splashing cold water on your face following sex helps to close pores and prevent impurities. Who needs expensive face creams when you can enhance your skin in a fun and free way?
Regular sex aids weight loss. This happens for two reasons. Firstly, the imaginative positions you get yourselves into burn calories. Even missionary will give your abs and legs a brilliant workout. Secondly, because you are enjoying the intimacy, you are more likely to continue with exercise that you would normally give up on if you weren’t enjoying yourself as much! Tantric sex sessions can last up to 8 hours and while this may seem ridiculously long, it sounds much better than the 8 hours you spend at work every day. If you are planning on having a marathon calorie burning lovemaking session, ensure you keep yourself hydrated. Overtraining and dehydration can occur outside of the gym too.
Carrying on from the previous point, sex helps strengthen muscles. Again this is dependent upon your bedroom stunts, but the repetition and movement causes the muscles to contract and release continuously. The very same thing you strive for with reps and sets in the gym! Switch up positions and you have yourself a very satisfying full body workout.
Both muscular endurance and aerobic endurance will improve with regular sex. The average session burns at least ~50kcal. The greater the duration, intensity and acrobatic nature of your sex sessions, the more calories you will burn and the greater the benefits to your cardiovascular system and muscles will be, so get creative!
The more sex you have, the more attractive you become to others. High levels of sexual activity cause you to give off pheromones which are the hormones of attraction. This in addition to your amazing skin, slender physique and growing confidence will ensure you won’t be short of activity partners!
Natural Pain Killer
Sex is a great pain killer! Immediately before orgasm, oxytocin levels increase to five times that of a normal level. Also known as the ‘love hormone’, this is the hormone that bonds us to our partners but it is also increases our pain thresholds reducing our sensitivity to pain. So next time your partner tells you they have a headache, you can suggest the perfect cure!
With winter comes an abundance of cold and flu viruses, particularly with the recent sub zero temperatures! The perfect way to protect yourself from this and stay out of the cold? Sex of course! Sexual activity 1-2 times per week can increase levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A by 30%. This strengthens your immune system and helps fight cold and flu. During intercourse DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is also released. This hormone contributes to improving immune system functionality and acts as an anti-depressant to fight off the winter blues!
Sex lowers stress levels and blood pressure. A Scottish study found that people who had intercourse prior to being placed in a stressful situation responded much better than those who engaged in other sexual behaviours or abstained. A different study found that diastolic blood pressure was reduced in those who lived together and had sex often.
Sex increases our quality of sleep. Research has shown that both men and women feel more relaxed following sex which helps send us off into a deep and peaceful slumber. Sleep is highly important to optimise cognitive function, organ function, exercise performance, weight loss and muscle development.
Believe it or not, sex can help protect against cancer in men. Researchers have found that high ejaculation frequency lowers the risk of developing prostate cancer. A frequency of 13-20 times each month lowers the risk by 14% when compared with 4-7 times monthly. If you are lucky enough to exceed 21 times per month, then you lower your risk by 33%!
For men, regular ejaculation is associated with healthier sperm, a higher volume of semen and an increased sperm count. For women, regular sex is associated with reduced symptoms when going through menopause.
There are a wide range of health benefits attributed to an active sex life. If you are engaging in regular sex, congratulations! You are probably already reaping these benefits. If you would like to improve your sex life, there are supplements available which can help you.
Health Aid Sexovit Forte is a natural supplement for enhancement of sexual health and enjoyment for men and women. It is designed to increase sexual libido, desire and energy for both sexes. For men it increases staying power, erection time and size.
Optimum Health Ultimate ZMA is a workout supplement which helps to increase muscle strength and improve recovery post-exercise. It can also increase libido and improve quality of sleep.
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