Many things in life are best done in moderation, but when it comes to sex, that rule might not apply. Not only is it fun and exciting, but sex has some unexpected benefits. From relationship to family to your own health, we share eight reasons for you to up your game.
more is actually better
When you’re stressed out, having sex is usually the last thing you want to do. But it’s a vicious cycle, because studies have shown that having sex actually relieves stress. Thanks to the release of the happy hormones, including oxytocin and endorphins, when you connect with a partner, your stress level usually goes down, while your pleasure level goes up.
Often we’re left wondering how we’re supposed to carve out time for regular exercise. Between kids and work, there seems to be little time left, but having sex might be a good workout in itself. Kissing alone can burn up to 68 calories per hour, but the real burn comes from having sex — an average of 114 calories per half-hour. Surely we can find more time for that!
Again, because of those feel-good hormones, having sex can increase your self-esteem. Building a connection with your partner, jumping outside your comfort zone and getting to know what makes you tick are all ways to fall in love with yourself while making love to your partner.
If you’re trying to build your family, the more sex you have, the better chance you have of conceiving. Regular sex can keep that trying-to-conceive sex stress away, and you’re more likely to hit the correct fertile zones if you’re having it on a regular basis.
Thanks to the combination of the hormones released and the increase in your heartbeat while having sex, more sex equals better heart heath for you and your partner. A recent study published in the American Journal of Cardiology by scientists at the New England Research Institutes in Massachusetts found that men who had sex at least twice a week were much less likely to develop heart disease than those whose sexual encounters were limited to once a month or less.
With kids, work and other life stresses, there are times when we might feel disconnected from our partner. While that can happen from time to time in even the best relationships, it’s probably less likely to happen if you’re having regular sex. Keeping that connection can create a strong bond that will see you through in even the most stressful life situations.
Who doesn’t want to sleep better? Sex can improve the quality of your sleep as well as lessen the time it takes you to fall asleep. Thanks to the release of oxytocin, your body relaxes more quickly, and the calories you’ve burned will have you ready for a good night’s sleep. While it’s always been believed that men tend to fall asleep after sex, the same is actually true for women.
A study by researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania showed that having sex once or twice a week boosts the immune system by 30 per cent. Think about how much you would benefit from a better immune system in the winter, when you’re fighting against catching the flu. All you need to do is have more sex with your partner. Now that sounds like a lot more fun than taking extra vitamins!