Actively engaging in sex is a necessity to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It may not be your traditional cardio, weight training, or kickboxing class, but sex is not just for procreation or pleasure anymore. With over 600 muscles in the human body, the physical act of (ahem) contracting and releasing your arm, butt, leg, and core muscles gives you a total body workout.
Want to know the best part? Engage in this unique training session in the comfort of your own home – no gym membership required! Customize your workout plan to suit your needs and satisfaction to get the results you deserve. Here are 8 unexpected health benefits of sex you didn’t know about.
1. Mood Alternator
The act of having sex is obviously pleasurable, but did you know it transcends the physical and affects you emotionally too? Studies show that people who have sex frequently have an elevated mood and a reduction in symptoms of depression. But why? Believe it or not, this is partly due to the body’s exposure to semen. Yep, it’s true! Contact with semen brings a jolt to a woman’s system because it is a source of many mood-altering compounds. Compiled of endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, and prolactin, a woman’s vaginal tissue absorbs the semen’s mood-elevating chemicals to turn your tense and unhappy mood into a calm and happy one. Who knew sex could feel so good – emotionally?
2. Stress Reliever
Not only does having sex make you feel better, it also acts a stress reliever and lowers your blood pressure. Research indicates that people who engage in frequent sex have lower blood pressure than those who are not sexually active. The oxygenation of blood pulls the mind away from negative stressors and releases feel-good hormones to activate pleasure centers in the brain. In suspended animation, your mind and body simultaneously go off-grid for a moment in time. Upon return, you remain in a state of relaxation and tranquility. There’s nothing better than feeling stress-free and satisfied, right?
3. Pain Reducer
Regardless of how much we try to stay healthy, there’s always that headache, foot, or back pain that creeps up on us after a long day at work. The last thing on our minds is having sex. What if I told you that’s exactly what you should do? As a natural pain reliever, studies prove that having sex can help ease any annoying ache or pain. The rush of oxytocin right before you climax and the endorphins released during an orgasm trigger receptors in the brain. Similar to the effects of morphine, presence of an object inside the vagina instinctively reduces pain by increasing tolerance. Females would not be able to give birth to babies without this mechanism. Wow! Talk about flipping the script!
4. Productive Periods
This unexpected health benefit of sex is targeted at the ladies. Gentlemen, don’t fret – you can certainly benefit from this too. No one is a fan of Mother Nature and her inopportune timing for delivering her monthly gift. Unfortunately, the package has to be delivered. What if it came with fewer cramps and lighter cycles? That’s right, people! The more frequent the orgasms, the fewer cramps and less time spent feeling miserable! Women who have a healthy sexual appetite experience more orgasms and shorter periods. Why? Thank sex for that. Let me explain. Frequent orgasms encourage a woman’s uterus to contract, eliminating and riding her body of cramp-causing compounds. Ergo, increasing the number of uterine contractions helps expel blood and tissue quicker, aiding in shortening her period. Stress reliever, pain reducer, and now period producer – who knew sex was so beneficial?
5. System Strengthener
There’s no excuse for you to fear getting sick and not going out this season – there’s only a solution. To protect your body from contracting a cold or getting sick, increase the number of times you have sex to strengthen your immune system. Yes, you read that correctly – having sex helps strengthen your immune system. Research shows that people who have sex one to two times a week have three times as much Immunoglobulin A in their system when compared to those who do not frequently have sex. Immunoglobulin A is a major and significant antibody to help combat disease and protect the body from catching the flu.
6. Smart Sex
If you are going to take my advice, you are obviously smart. I’m not trying to be funny – I’m just giving you the facts. It’s undeniable that sex has physical and emotional benefits, but what about psychologically? Well, it’s been proven that having sex enhances the blood flow with the body and brain. Delivering an extra-boost of glucose after your orgasm, your body converts it into energy, giving you the focus you need to stay productive.
7. Sincere Skin
With a significant increase in oxygenation and circulation of the blood, a post-coital glow means a temporary brighter complexion thanks to last night’s training session. Orgasms trigger a rush of endorphins and growth hormones into your body to help heal damage caused by the sun, smoking, and cortisol build-up. However, the best health benefit of having sex is long-lasting, if not beautiful. Studies indicate that people who have sex every other day look dramatically younger than their less sexually active peers by at least seven to 12 years!
8. Sex Appeal
Sex is a great mode of exercise because it takes both physical and psychological work to do it well. Just so we’re clear: sex does count as cardio! Engaging a personal (of course private!) training session can help you burn anywhere from 85 to 250 calories, depending on the level and length of time you spend “working out.” Furthermore, cardiologists have said to consider sexual activity comparable to a modest workout on a treadmill.