10 Reasons To Have Sex Tonight
by Not So Secret
The evidence is mounting – sex is good for you, body and soul. Not only does an active sex life provide measurable physical benefits, but it also supports emotional and relational health. Life is full of a million distractions, but there are clear reasons why you should make time to make love.
1. Burn Calories
Sexual intercourse can burn as many as 150 calories every half hour. That’s the equivalent of a brisk jog, and it’s triple what you would burn if you sat couch surfing. If you have sex a few times a week, over the course of a year it’s like running 75 miles.
An active sex life, whether partnered or solo, also boosts immunoglobulin levels 30 percent compared to those who are abstaining. That means you’ll be better equipped to fight off sickness and disease.
3. Improve Body Image
Most adults are dissatisfied with their bodies, but sex can be an affirming and empowering way to reclaim a positive body image. It doesn’t matter your age, shape, size or physical limitations – if you have a body, you can experience sexual pleasure.
4. Relieve Pain
Have a headache? All the more reason to have sex. In one study, 60 percent of women reported that sex lessened their pain – about the same effectiveness as taking popular medications. Sex and orgasms increase the level of endorphins in your bloodstream, which may alleviate PMS symptoms and arthritis as well.
5. Improve Heart Health
A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reported that men who have sex at least twice a week cut their risk of a fatal heart attack by 50 percent when compared to men who have sex less than once a month.
6. Reduce the Risk of Prostate Cancer
The American Medical Association has reported that men in their 20s who have five or more ejaculations per week cut their risk of prostate cancer by a third when compared to men with less frequent ejaculations.
7. Strengthen Pelvic Floor Muscles
The adage “Use it or lose it” comes into play here. Sexual activity exercises the pelvic floor muscles, and better muscle tone increases pleasure and decreases your odds of developing incontinence later in life. This is true for men and women
An active sex life also helps to lower blood pressure and decrease stress. According to a study published in Biological Psychology, people who enjoyed frequent intercourse managed stress better than those who were abstaining or were engaging in other forms of sexual behaviors.
9. Increase Intimacy
Sexual arousal and orgasm result in increased levels of oxytocin, the “cuddle chemical” or “love hormone” that is known to support feelings of bonding and trust. Some research has shown that it also leads to increased generosity.
10. Get Better Sleep
The release of oxytocin has a calming, soothing effect and has been shown to promote sleep. To get an even better rest, incorporate meditative practices and sensual massage into your sexual encounters.
Becky Knight is a clinical sexologist and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator. She offers coaching in person in Charlotte, North Carolina or on-line. You can find Becky at www.LivingSexuality.com.