Recent studies have linked regular sex with various health benefits
In case you needed another reason, there are various health benefits associated with having regular sex. Here are nine more reasons why you should aim to make regular sex a part of your health and fitness lifestyle…
It’s good for your heart
A study conducted by the American Journal of Cardiology suggests that men who have sex up to twice a week have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to those who have sex less frequently. This study also found that there are other physical benefits associated with having regular sex and that it could be a marker for overall health, as the physical exercise from sex protects men against cardiovascular diseases.
People often report feeling fewer of the aches and pains they had before sex following the act. This can be attributed to the release of endorphins during sex, which continue circulating through your body for some time afterwards. These endorphins are also responsible for the feelings of euphoria and pleasure during and after sex.
It reduces stress
Research done by the University of the West of Scotland shows that sex, like any form of exercise, not only reduces anxiety and lowers stress hormones, but also helps people cope with mental pressures. For this particular study 46 men underwent a number of stressful situations, such as speaking in front of others or solving a math problem. The participants were also asked to keep a diary of their sexual activity two weeks prior to the tests. Those who had sex beforehand felt less stressed, and their blood pressure returned to normal faster after the public speaking tests.
Increased blood flow
When we become aroused our heart starts pumping blood at a quicker rate and blood flow to our brain increases, resulting in better performance (both sexually and in general). A strong supply of blood pumping through our bodies also provides organs with a healthy dose of oxygen and rids the body of waste by-products more efficiently.
In a recent study conducted at Wilkes University in the US researchers found that having sex up to twice a week will help your body produce more immunoglobulin, which is an antibody that protects against colds and other infections. Sex has also been known to improve short-term brain function and long-term psychological health.
“Men who don’t have sexual intercourse on a regular basis have lower levels of testosterone,” says Professor Pierre Bouloux, consultant endocrinologist at University College London and the Royal Free Hospital. This is due to the fact that testosterone levels increase during and after sex. Scientists have also linked low levels of sexual activity to structural changes in the penis and testicles.
Improves body maintenance
There are few psychological motivators as powerful as the thought of standing naked in front of another person. As such, regular sex can help to motivate you to constantly improve your body image. Sex can also burn up to 150 calories every 30 minutes, which adds to your total daily expenditure. The average couple engages in sex for 25 minutes, up to three times a week, which can account for an extra 450 calories burnt each week.
Keeps you looking young
According to recent research, people who have sex three times a week look between four and seven years younger. This is attributed to the fact that sex is an aerobic form of exercise, which promotes skin renewal. During sex oxygen-rich blood is pumped through the body, increasing blood flow and the delivery of nutrients to the skin’s surface. New cells are also brought to the surface, which helps to create a younger looking complexion.
Sex and prostate cancer
A medical study has found that regular sex can help protect against prostate cancer. The study found that the most sexually active males had less chance of contracting the potentially fatal disease. Having sex on a regular basis is also linked to the development of a less aggressive form of prostate cancer. This is attributable to the prostate’s role in the secretion of the fluid in semen, which flushes out cancer-causing chemicals. Another theory is that sex also reduces the development of calcifications in the glands that have been linked with cancer.
By Melanie Heyns, staff writer