As well as having sex for pleasure, regular sexual activity also offers physical, emotional and psychological benefits. Having a healthy sex life comes with many advantages, leaving you feeling good on the inside and out so you can go about your day with that extra spring in your step.
Having sex with a partner is a great way to connect and increase intimacy, pleasuring each other’s body and maintaining that all important spark in the bedroom. If you do not have a partner, solo pleasure can be just as fun and also bring some of the health benefits that you would experience with another person, so whip out your lesbian masturbators and vibrators to treat yourself to some me time.
In order to receive benefits from sex, you should be having sex at least once or twice a week, or if you aren’t in a committed relationship, you can get the same results through masturbation. To encourage you on your way, here are just a handful of the health benefits of a good sex life:
- Burn off calories
Being shown to burn around 150 calories an hour, sex can be a form of moderate exercise so engaging in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity in addition to muscle-strengthening activity, like using weights, is great for maintaining good health. Sex can also help strengthen different muscles throughout your body and the more creative you are with positions, the more muscle groups you are engaging.
- Improve heart health
Having sex can improve your endurance and like exercising, those who have sex frequently tend to have better heart health. Research suggests that women who have frequent sex are less likely to experience a cardiovascular event later in life. Although this is the case, the risk of having a heart attack is elevated during physical activity for people experiencing heart disease symptoms, so it’s important to speak to your doctor about the risks if you have known heart conditions.
- Strengthen the immune system
Those who engage in sex one or two times a week have been shown to have more immunoglobulin A in their saliva, an antibody that helps prevent illness and can help defend against human papillomavirus. As well as this, when you have an orgasm, your body releases oxytocin which can help you to fall asleep, another way of helping to boost your immune system since you’re getting the rest that your body needs to recover.
- Reduce stress
When you’re in a stressful situation, your cortisol levels elevate but those who have sex often tend to see their cortisol levels fall back into the normal range. The oxytocin and endorphins your body releases during sex may also help lower cortisol levels, bringing joy or happiness thanks to the strong emotional connection created between you and a partner when spending intimate time together making each other feel good. Engaging in relationships with people that you are close to is hugely beneficial to mental health so making time for intimacy can go a long way.