Forget having sex because you’re horny, there are plenty of reasons why sex is actually good for your health.
For the sake of your wellbeing, we highly recommend getting into bed, stripping off and doing it like they do on the Discovery channel. From boosting your immune system and reducing the risk of cancer, we’ve never been so happy to get healthy.
On your own or with a partner, don’t miss these benefits for getting your freak on.
It’s time for a workout!
Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but intimacy makes the heart stronger.
Reaching its peak during orgasm, your heart rate naturally rises during arousal. While it may not be enough to meet the 2.5 hours of recommended exercise we get per week, orgasms will always be more appealing than the treadmill.
For fitness fanatics, get on top! By demanding deeper, faster and more intense sex, you’re encouraging a number of muscles to work hard – so you can tone as you moan.
As well as being good for your stamina, research has also suggested that men who have sex at least twice a week are half as likely to die of heart disease, compared to those who rarely bump uglies. So potentially, you could be helping to save your man’s life…
Reach a little lower
Lower blood pressure, that is. In one experiment, a number of couples were told to hold hands for 10 minutes before sharing a 20-second hug, while other couples were asked to not touch. Those who had a snuggle had lower blood pressure, slower heart rates and were less stressed.
Speaking of stress…
Research has found that, when put in a tense situation such as public speaking or doing mental arithmetic (a highly traumatic experience), people who had no sex at all were the most stressed.
Reduce the risk of prostate cancer
Get your right hand ready, you’re going to want to spend plenty of time on this! One study has found that men who ejaculate at least 21 times a month are less likely to get prostate cancer.
Fight off illnesses
Researchers at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, found that students who liked to take their studies to the bedroom at least once a week had higher levels of a particular antibody than those who were more *ahem* focussed.
Ladies, listen up
For vaginal lubrication, improved blood flow and better elasticity, apparently the answer is simple: have more sex! You may also find you have better control of your bladder, as the contractions caused by an orgasm strengthens your pelvic floor muscles. What’s more, orgasms also release a hormone that can help to reduce pain.
So there you have it! We should all be having as much sex, stimulation and climaxes as we can. After all, what’s the worst that could happen?