Getting healthy the sexy way
Aug 10, 2012, 8:49 a.m.
Do you want to improve your sex life? Of course you do. After all, you're only human. But now you've got even more incentive to do so, as information gleaned from health experts the world over informs us that responsible sexual activity can not only make you healthier, it can also extend your life. Here's a list of five facts that spell out precisely how partaking of frequent sexy exercises can lead to a healthier, stronger, and longer-lasting you.
- Sex burns calories. This is probably no news to anyone out there, especially those who emerge from the average bout of lovemaking feeling spent. But the fact is, very few of us ever partake of lovemaking with the conscious thought of burning off that extra slice of cheesecake. In the end, it's simple mathematics: the longer you have sex, the more calories you'll burn. Estimates claim that one hour of lovemaking can knock 150 calories off your thighs. For those of you who haven't hit the desired hour mark in decades, that's roughly 38 calories every 15 minutes.
- Sex can lower your blood pressure. If you ever needed a reason to improve your sex life, this bit of encouraging news ought to do it. According to studies, men and women who increased their sexual activity experienced significantly lower blood pressure readings. If you're currently taking medication to control your high blood pressure, there's an additional perk to having frequent sex: lower prescription bills.
- Sex can decrease your risk of heart attack. Granted, if you're in poor health and lead a mostly sedentary lifestyle and engage in sex, this could potentially lead to a heart attack. But if you lead a physically active life and are in good health, frequent lovemaking can lower that risk substantially. If you're seeing a doctor about your heart health, be sure to consult with them before blocking off an entire weekend with your loved one.
- Frequent sex may prevent prostate cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, men who ejaculate more frequently have a much lower risk of developing prostate cancer later in life than those who do so infrequently. If you think of every orgasm as necessary maintenance for your reproductive parts, it makes perfect sense.
- Sex kills pain, which result in less stress and better health. Believe it or not, there are many doctors out there who actually prescribe an increased amount of sexy exercises as a way to deal with chronic pain. How does it work? It's quite scientific, really. Sexual activity releases endorphins, which quell physical discomfort and pain. Not to mention the far less scientific explanation, which reminds us that the best way to deal with chronic pain is through distraction. And if there's anything in this world that's positively distracting, it's lovemaking.
If you take everything into consideration, you arrive at the conclusion that many medical experts are pleased to report: by taking steps to improve your sex life, you're also taking steps to extend your life. Be sure to remind your significant other of these facts the next time you get a loving "Not tonight, honey." It just might turn your fortune around for the better.
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