Sex is probably the most controversial topic of discussion in the world. Mainly for social and religious reasons, many people shy away from sex because of various reasons which are usually personal or communal. Despite these sentiments, sexual activity is an important element of normal human function, well-being, and quality of life. It is considered a form of physical activity because it requires stretching and physical movement. There are numerous health reasons to start indulging in sex frequently. This is exciting since sex is one of the world’s most indulged activities and literally, every living thing does it. This also makes it the top activity with the most variants and techniques. In fact, it’s like that delicacy which is so good, it can be enjoyed in many flavors.
What are the benefits of sex?
1. It could increase longevity
A 2019 research conducted at Tel Aviv University shows that sex plays a role in increasing your life span. A 2019 study of older adults found that getting down in the years after a heart attack decreased the risk of death by one-third.
2. It increases job satisfaction
If work’s got you down, consider coitus (source). A 2017 study found that when married couples fooled around at home, the good vibes spilled over into work the next day. Folks were in a better mood and more engaged with their jobs.
3. It preserves marriages
Frequent sex among married persons might be the main ingredient to an enduring relationship. A 2017 study found that “sexual afterglow” lasted 48 hours post-sex and contributed to pair-bonding — those lovey, dovey feelings you have toward your mate.
4. It improves self-esteem
Sex can help you feel more confident and gives your self-esteem a boost. Researchers found that college students who indulged in casual oral, vaginal, or anal sex fared better on well-being and self-esteem tests than those who did not have sex.
5. It reduces stress
Doing the deed has positive mental health associations for everyone. In general, intercourse can make blood pressure less reactive to stress and reduce overall stress levels.
6. It is a great exercise
Sex involved a wide range of movements that keeps the whole body duly worked out. A study suggests that an average bedroom rodeo burns 85 calories, or 3.6 calories a minute. This led researchers to conclude that, sometimes, sex can be considered significant exercise.
7. It relieves headaches
During sexual intercourse, a number of feel-good chemicals, including serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin are released. These generate feelings of euphoria, pleasure, and elation — and make people forget all about that nagging headache. A study in Germany showed that 60 percent of migraine sufferers felt better after knocking boots. For people plagued with cluster headaches, there’s good news too. The same study found that 37 percent of subjects felt better after sexual activity.
8. It improves sleep
It’s a cliché that dudes pass out right after sex, but intercourse actually can help all people nod off. Feeling relaxed and comfortable are big factors in hitting the big O, so it makes sense that there’s a tendency to want to snooze right after.
In fact, a 2019 study found that people who had orgasms before bed (either from sex with partners or masturbation) experienced “favorable sleep outcomes,” as in, hitting the hay faster and getting better quality sleep.
There are many other science-backed reasons to have sex all the time. So, if you had any doubts, I hope this article provides some clarity and encourages you not to hold back. Besides the pleasure it provides, it can significantly improve the length and quality of your life. Do you know any other health benefits of sex, share with us in the comment section below.
Michael is a Project Manager with years of experience in nonprofits and managing startups. He shares what he has learnt over time with like-minded persons. He gives classes to persons who plan a future in the nonprofits sector or as entrepreneurs.