The Benefits of Sex for Your Health and Fitness
When you work up enough of a sweat to burn calories and fat, we call it exercise. So it should be no surprise that sex is indeed a form of exercise, says Dr. Yvonne Fulbright, author of The Better Sex Guide to Extraordinary Love Making. When this happens, you feel healthier and look better. Find out exactly how and where sex is toning you up. Plus, make sure you know the 27 things to guarantee a hot and steamy sex life.
Sex is cardiovascular.
"If you are having sex, it is a form of exercise, both aerobic and cardiovascular," Dr. Gloria G. Bramer, a Georgia-based licensed clinical sexologist, says. "It works multiple muscles in your body (especially if you are trying something new!) and keeps you flexible."
It helps him out.
Bramer says that when you have sex, you're actually helping your guy out the most. Having frequent orgasms has been proven to lower prostate cancer in men and boost their immune system. We know: Typical that men are required to have sex to beat cancer. Life's unfair.
Solo sex burns calories too.
If you are minus one in the bedroom but plus one vibrator, you can still burn calories! Bramer says that masturbation will indeed give you the benefits of exercise, but having a partner will greatly increase the amount of calories you burn.
The list goes on.
Want to feel good on the inside as well as the outside? Having sex will improve your cardiovascular fitness, reduce stress, stimulate your natural mood enhancers, and strengthen your pelvic muscles, to name just to name a few of the benefits.
The all-encompassing workout.
Looking for a workout that engages your entire body? Look no further than the bedroom. "When you have sex, your entire body is engaged," says Fulbright. "Your brain pumps out relieving chemicals that are soothing and calming while busting stress."
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Sex gets the blood flowing.
"As your brain gets these chemicals, your oxygen levels and circulation improve."
It tunes up your organs.
"This in turn affects your reproductive organs and heart, making them healthier, stronger, and improving functionality."
It lowers DHT hormones.
"Sex also lowers testosterone-related hormones, so it works your muscles and keeps you limber. It basically combines the benefits of running and yoga into one activity," Fulbright says.
Bye, bye thigh cellulite
Sex can help ward off leg and thigh cellulite, the primary reason we drag ourselves to the gym in the first place. It won't clear it up completely, but it will zap some of those fatty cells!
Sex improves your coordination.
As most physical activity will do, sex actually improves your coordination. This means the more you experiment, the better that coordination will be. So go ahead, dangle yourselves from the chandeliers (but only if they look sturdy)!
Sex is an energy booster.
Exercise boosts not only your energy, but also your stamina. The more you have sex, the more you increase your stamina — not only in the bedroom, but also to handle the long workdays, family mountain-climbing trips, and anything else life throws your way.