Not that you need any sort of convincing to have sex, but apart from the orgasm and a whole lot of fun, a healthy sex life is one of the best ways you can boost all facets of your health. Here’s how the pleasurable mix of emotion, sensuality, and physicality can uplift your health and well being to new heights:
#1. Having sex once a week gives you the kind of happiness that is similar to the joy you get from earning an extra $50,000 a year
The spurt of happiness you receive from having sex once a week is way better than once a month. Anything more once a week though doesn’t seem to give more of a mental boost, in the long run, states a study published in the SAGE Journals.
It stems from all the physical intimacy and cuddling, states another study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The physiological and hedonic effects allow for stronger and more positive connections with your partner.
#2. Sex increases your immunity and betters your heart health
Men, did you know that having sex at least twice a week reduces your chance of developing heart disease by at least 45 percent, compared to having sex once a month or less? That’s because apart from raising your heart rate, it also keeps your estrogen and testosterone in balance, which is critical for better heart health.
Additionally, people who had sex once or twice a week have a significantly higher level of immunoglobulin, which is your body’s first line of defense to fight off viruses that cause infection and illness. That explains why more sex equals lesser work leaves!
#3. Burning up to 5 calories a minute, sex one of the best exercises
No, it can’t replace the treadmill, lifting weights or HIIT but given what it does for your body it definitely counts as exercise. Studies suggest that it can burn up to 4-5 calories for men and 3-4 for women in a minute. Apart from it also elevates your heart rate (strengthen heart muscles) and works other muscle of the body as well—making it useful for building some amount of strength and flexibility as well.
Additionally, good sex gives your pelvic muscles, the muscles that control orgasms and control the flow of urine a great workout. These are also the muscles that tend to get weak for women after they go through pregnancy and menopause. Strengthening them can prevent incontinence and prolapse later on.
#4. Sex is a natural painkiller
Reach for an orgasm before you reach for that aspirin. An orgasm has shown to block or reduce pain as sex releases a hormone that helps increase your threshold for pain. The hormone has been found to help reduce or block leg and back pain, pain from menstrual cramps and even arthritic pain. In fact, a study revealed that sexual activity can also lead to a relief from the pain of a headache or a migraine.
In fact, if you’re not even in the proximity of your partner just looking at them can dull an experience of pain, claims a study published in the PLoS One. So, if sex is temporarily not on the cards just check out your partner for instant relief from pain.
#5. Sex can boost your mental in several ways
Like other activities, including exercise, sex gives you a boost in the happy hormone, serotonin, which automatically helps uplift your mood and fights off depression. Serotonin is one of the key anti-depressant chemicals in your body. This also helps to ease and soothe one from stress and anxiety.
Additionally, the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin also helps feel more connected to your partner and increase your bond with them. That’s why sex is known to not only enhance the satisfaction levels in a relationship it plays a crucial role in developing it.
#6. Gives you youthful skin and makes you look and feel younger
You know that glowing, youthful appearance that we often associate with when you’re in loving relationship or marriage, where sex is a quintessential part of it? Well, that can be attributed to a combination of a release from stress and worry, a better mood and the rush of nutrient-rich blood in your body, which give your skin a natural glow.
In fact, one study revealed that older people who had sex four times a week with a steady partner were perceived to be 12 younger than their what their age suggested.
#7. It makes for a natural sleep-inducing agent
It’s common for partners to doze off after having sex that satisfies them and wake up feeling refreshed. Satisfying sex is almost a sure-fire way to fall off to sleep and feel rejuvenated. Sex releases a ‘relaxation-inducing’ hormone prolactin after a session, which promotes the feeling of rest and relaxation.
In fact, the orgasm, also called the ‘love hormone’, releases the hormone oxytocin, which also promotes sleep. Inversely, the better you sleep the greater your libido and your desire for more satisfying sex.