The health benefits of sex
Sex is good, fun and good for your health. Having sex regularly can do more than make you feel closer to your partner, it can make you physically healthy.
Check out the surprising perks you can reap from great sex:
Did you know that having sex is the best exercise? During sex we use every muscle in our bodies. Arms, butt, legs, core muscles, they all get used during sex. Sex keeps you fit, strong and help you burn calories anywhere from 85mto 250 calories, depending on the length of the session.
Looks like you can skip the spin class on Saturday and work up a sweat in bed instead.
2. Happier mood
Having sex is a pleasurable, but chemically it has been suggested to elevates mood and reduces depression.
Believe it or not exposure to semen resulted in better moods and fewer depressive symptoms, a study done by the Sate University of New York reported. Two groups of women were studied; one using condoms and others who never did, those women who didn’t reported better moods and fewer depressive symptoms.
Why? One theory is that vaginal tissue is very absorptive, and semen contains a host of mood-elevating chemicals, like endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, and prolactin. For women, sex is literally a jolt to your system, and if you’re getting it on regularly you might be on cloud nine for quite a while.
3. Glowing Skin
Yes, sex can help you look younger. With increased blood circulation and oxygenation of the blood, a post-coital glow means a temporary brighter complexion. There are also longer-lasting beauty benefits of sex, too. An orgasm triggers a rush of endorphins and growth hormones, like DHEA, that help heal damage caused by the sun, smoking, and cortisol buildup, which is associated with the thinning of the skin. In fact, a Scottish study showed that people who have sex every other day look dramatically younger (up to seven to 12 years!) than their compatriots. If your crow’s feet are a growing concern, make sure to get some alone time in with your guy — your face will thank you
4. Stress Relief
Researchers from Scotland have found that people who were sexually active had lower blood pressure when engaged in stress-inducing tasks, such as public speaking, with those only having sex in the last two weeks charting the lowest number. Sex, especially during orgasm can take you momentarily completely away from all the worries of your life.
5. More Zzz’s
Don’t take it personal if your guy starts snoring shortly after some quality time between the sheets. That intense relaxation you feel right after climax due to an oxytocin rush can actually make you doze off faster. Do you have an important meeting tomorrow, and need to get to sleep fast? Get frisky.
6. Fast Relief from Aches and Pains
Right before climax, a wave of oxytocin rushes through your body that in turn releases endorphins, which are similar in structure to opiates and have the same feel-good affect by occupying morphine receptors in the brain. “It’s pain relief and pain killing effect,” says Britton. Have a headache? Ditch the nap and squeeze in a quickie instead.
7. Fewer Colds
Getting hot and bothered can help you avoid coming down with the sniffles: People who have sex were found to have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), according to researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. These antibodies help combat diseases and keep the body safe from colds and flu. Save up your sick days and use them as sex days!