7 health benefits of sex

Posted at 04/28/2013 1:08 PM | Updated as of 04/29/2013 12:06 PM

Healthy reasons to have more sex

It turns out that an apple a day isn’t the only thing to keep the doctor away; sex has a long and extensive repertoire of health benefits also. While we have nothing against apples, we know a lot of people who would prefer to get their health kick from some intimate time between the sheets, and oh boy, does this provide a health kick! Here are the seven health benefits of sex.

1. Sex eases pain

"Not tonight darling, I’ve got a headache." That old chestnut is a common excuse to get out of sex when people simply can’t be bothered, but it’s time to put this age-old excuse to bed once and for all. Have you ever noticed that if you’ve been feeling a few aches and pains before sex, they are usually non-existent afterwards? This is down to the increased endorphins that soar through your body during sex. Indeed, as you approach and then achieve "the big O," oxytocin surges through your body and relieves pain. Mother Nature, you’re very clever!

2. Sex burns fat

Sex is good for your waistline? Perfect! Indeed, while it’s obvious that most physical activity helps you to shed the muffin top, you may not be aware of exactly how much fat sex can burn. Vigorous sex burns approximately 150 calories every 30 minutes – that’s 300 calories for an hour-long session! The key word here though, ladies and gents, is “vigorous.” Lying on your back while your partner does all of the work is not going to burn fat so make sure you’re giving it your all. If anyone can think of a better excuse to have sex, please let us know.

3. Sex increases lifespan

Several studies have suggested that getting down and dirty could extend our lifespan by a considerable amount – up to eight years! A 25-year study carried out by Duke University in the United States found that the more sexual activity we’re involved in, the longer we live. Indeed, of the 270 people who took part in the 25-year study, everyone who had a healthy, regular sex life lived up to eight years longer than those who had little interest in it. The motto of this story? Never give up on sex, no matter how old you are.

4. Sex strengthens pelvic floor muscles

Gents, we know what you’re thinking: “Pelvic floor exercises are for women.” Think again. While Kegel exercises are often recommended to women for their ability to treat incontinence and re-strengthen the muscles around ‘that’ area after childbirth, they’re beneficial for both genders. Indeed, the benefits of Kegel exercises in men include helping with impotence and reducing the risk of prostate cancer. And how do you go about doing Kegel exercises if you’re a man? Sex is just one of the many ways – both men and women are performing Kegel exercises during sex, without even realizing it.

5. Sex lowers your stress levels

Scientists in Scotland carried out a study to see how well 24 women and 22 men coped under pressure. The study found that those with a healthy sex life who had recently had sex were less stressed when asked to deliver a public speech than those who hadn’t had sex. A separate study carried out by scientists in an Arizona state university found that of the 58 middle-aged women who took part in the survey, those who had recent and regular sex had significantly lower levels of stress and a significantly higher mood the next day.

6. Sex strengthens the immune system

Scientists at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, carried out a study on 112 college students who recorded their sexual behavior and provided saliva samples. The study revealed that those who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of immunoglobulin than those who had sex less frequently. Immunoglobulin is an antibody that boosts your immune system and more of it is present during sexy time. More of the immunoglobulin hormone means less risk of developing colds or other infections.

7. Sex helps you to look younger

Sex doesn’t just make you feel younger – research suggests it can make you look younger also. When we reach orgasm, our bodies secrete DHEA, a clever little hormone. Indeed, the benefits of DHEA on our health are too many to list here, but in general, it boosts the immune system, improves cognitive function, improves cardiovascular health and keeps our skin looking fresh and young. The more often you have sex, the younger you’ll look. We’d much rather have sex than fork out lots of money on expensive anti-ageing creams. Read more at www.realbuzz.com.

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