Sex is a crucial part of life as it directly affects overall health. It not only satisfies the desire for pleasure, but also improves heart’s functioning, making one healthier. When one is having sex, his/her heart rate goes from 70 beats per minute to 150, which is a great cardiovascular training. Besides, a study revealed that having sex at least three times a week decreased the risk of heart attack by about 50%.
Sex acts as a natural pain killer by increasing the level of endorphins’ in the body. Endorphins are neurotransmitters produced by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus in the vertebrates during pain, excitement, exercise, love and orgasm i.e. the “feel good hormones”. Endorphins when released into the bloodstream modulate the mood and induce a state of euphoria.
Fitness is a major concern for many and rarely do we realize that sex can keep us fit. Sexual activities work as in-house exercises that can help one burn a lot of calories. Research has it that quickies of 20 minutes per week can burn 7500 calories in a year. Around 200 calories or more can be burnt with 30 minutes of sexual activity which is equal to running for 15 minutes on a treadmill.
Several studies have found that sexually active people tend to live more than others. The studies reveal that men who are twice more active securely live longer. A study published in the British Medical Journal tracked the sexuality of 1,000 middle-aged men over the course of 1 decade. The study compared men of a similar age and health and showed that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm lived twice as long as those who did not enjoy sex.
Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with production of higher levels of antibodies. A Wilkes University study had 112 college students keep records of how often they had sex and also provide saliva samples for the study. It was found that those who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of IgA (immunoglobulin), an antibody that could help avoid a cold or other infection, than other students.
A good sexual experience with your loved one raises self esteem. A sexually healthy person always has more positive attitude and higher self esteem. According to a study published in the April’s Journal of Adolescence, young men report to have a boost in their image about themselves after having sex for the first time.
Frequent sexual activity results in stronger pelvic muscles. For women, doing pelvic floor muscle exercises called Kegels may mean more pleasure. To do a basic Kegel exercise, tighten the muscles of your pelvic floor as if you're trying to stop the flow of urine. Count to three, then release.
Research shows that the oxytocin released during orgasm promotes sleep. Getting enough sleep has also been linked with a host of other health benefits, such as a healthy weight and better blood pressure.
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