There are many physical and mental health benefits of sex that go beyond the bedroom. Countless studies prove that sex has many positive impacts to the mind and body, and is good for you in many ways that you may not have thought about before.
If you were wondering if sex is good for your health, the answer is definitely "yes." Let's explore the five benefits that sex has on the human mind and body, and why having more and better sex, may be the solution to some of your health challenges.
1. Sex is a great stress relief. A great benefit of regular sex is that it lowers blood pressure and overall stress. Hence the common joke about men and women who seemingly need an attitude adjustment or "happy pill" needing to just "get laid." When engaged in sexual activity, there are many chemicals that play a role in the positive side effects of sex.
The main players are dopamine, the reward hormone, prolactin, the hormone of satiation, oxytocin the "cuddle hormone" and levels of androgen receptors. All of these powerfully affect our desire for intimacy and our susceptibility to addictive activities and substances. So if you're feeling stressed out, I suggest you solve it by taking it to the bedroom; it's a fun remedy, even if it's temporary.
2. Sex burns some serious calories. If you are looking for a great alternative to jumping on the treadmill or hitting the gym to burn calories, you may want to trade gym time for "sexercise." Having sex is a great alternative to increased cardiovascular health, better flexibility and muscle tone.
There are varied studies about how many calories sex can actually burn. Depending on your sexual activity and rigorousness of sex, you can burn anywhere from 200 – 700 calories in one session, and the physical and psychological benefits go hand in hand.
The average calorie burn for sex is about 85 calories for half an hour. If you are more rambunctious, you can double this number. This equates to losing about one pound after 21 hours. If you want to increase your overall calorie burn, you can increase the intensity and length of your sessions. Here's a little break down of the calorie burn for each sexual activity: