If you thought that the only benefit of sex is pleasure, we have news for you. Sexual activity is beneficial to our health because it activates neurotransmitters that impact our brains and organs in our bodies. Plus, studies show the best way to improve sexual performance is to have sex.
People exercise so they can stay physically fit, improve productivity, reduce stress, and reduce the chances of illness. If performed regularly, sex allows you to enjoy all these benefits and more.
So sex is an exercise? The answer is yes and no. Sex elicits a change in human physiology similar to exercise, but for most of us, sex isn’t sustained long enough for long term changes in human physiology.
Definitions aside, the fact is that the physiological response to sex is similar to that of exercise.
Recent studies have found a significant increase in heart rate and blood pressure, respiratory rate. These are all bodily responses similar to that experienced during exercise. The research showed sexual activity elicits physical stress up to 75% of regular exercise.
But a key point that should not be overlooked is that by having sex you are training for sex. Every time you go under the sheets, you are perfecting technique and familiarize yourself with the female body, an area where you will need to operate in the future.
Interesting Benefits from Sex
The body has 657 muscles, but rarely are all of them activated by a single workout routine. Excises usually target different muscle groups, but if done correctly, sex can exercise all of them. With each minute you spend engaged in sexual intercourse, you will burn approximately 3.6 calories. That’s more than what you burn while walking. Some of the other positive effects on your body are:
- Improved heart health: Quality sex is great for your heart. When you have sex, your heart rate increases, and circulation to your organs is increased. By increasing the flow of blood leading to improved heart activity. A recent study showed that men who have sex more than twice a week were 50% less likely to die of heart disease or stroke.
- Better sleep: If you experience sleep problems, having sex could be beneficial. If you think working out in the gym will do the trick, sex will make you sleep like a baby. When having an orgasm, the hormone prolactin is secreted into the blood steam. The hormone affects sleep and that’s the reason why the sleep that you get just after you have made love will be much more relaxed.
- Boosts your immune system: Regular lovemaking makes your body stronger against illnesses like viruses and germs. Sex increases the number of immune-boosting antibody immunoglobulin IgA in the body thus boosting your immune system.
- Stress reduction: Making love lowers the level of cortisol in the body, but it also boosts levels of oxytocin. If just a hug can calm you down, imagine what effect sex can have! Just any other form of exercise, sex also prompts the brain to release feel-good chemicals like serotonin, which acts as a neurotransmitter and is one of the key antidepressant chemicals of the body. This helps reduce the chances of getting depression.
- Look younger: Some people exercise a lot to stay young-looking, but sex can also help a great deal. The hormone dehydroepiandrosterone is released during orgasm. This and keeps the skin healthy and repairs tissue.
- Reduced risk of prostate cancer: Men who ejaculate over 20 times a month compared to those who do so about four times are less likely to suffer from prostate cancer. Of course, there’s more to prostate cancer risk than the frequency of ejaculations, but this was one interesting finding. If you want to reduce the chances of developing prostate cancer, it’s advised to spend more time between the sheets.
- Relieves pain: If you’re using a headache as an excuse to not make love, stop doing that. When you experience an orgasm the hormone oxytocin is released in the body. This endorphin reduces aches and pains. Orgasms release hormones that help in blocking pain signals to the brain. Several women report that masturbation reduces symptoms of menstrual cramps and headaches.
If you don’t have the discipline to do weight lifting, cycling, and running, because workouts are tedious and tiresome. If that’s your case, you can turn sex into your favorite training routine.
Sexercise, yes it’s a word, will not replace the need for a gym membership, but it does offer big advantages. Compared to jogging or running on a treadmill having is by far the most pleasurable exercise. The bottom line sex is incomparable to other workouts.