Pleasure for the health: Sexercise

Sex not only feels good. It can also be good for you.

Exercise is an activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness.

Sex is defined by google as a physical activity in which people touch each others bodies, kiss each other, etc. or a physical activity that is related to and often includes sexual intercourse.

When we talk about sex, what comes into your minds was it’s all about pleasure and satisfaction but you don’t know, there have been studies that says sex is one of the best form of exercises. Sex over the usual workout?

Sex doesn’t only make you feel good, it can also be good for you, especially to your health. Studies show that sex brought about a few health benefits and sex-drive killers. Beyond that, sex along with intimacy can boost someone’s self esteem and happiness. It can’t only make you healthy but also a happy one. Sex is an indicator of good health as well as contributing to it.

“Sexually active people take fewer sick days” says Yvonne K. Fullbright, PhD, a sexual health expert. Because sex can help your immune system humming. People engaging in sex said to have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses and other body intruders. But you are still advised to do all the other things that makes your immune system happy like eating right, staying active, getting enough sleep and rest, and a lot more.


Longing for a lively sex life? An assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Lauren Streicher, MD says that “Having sex will make sex better and will improve your libido.” Especially for women, having sex ups vaginal lubrication, blood flow, elasticity, she says, all of which make sex feel better and help you crave for more of it. Also, it improves women bladder control. Women who have strong pelvic floor is importany for avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30% of women at some point of their lives. A good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.

For people who have high blood pressure, sex could be one of the ways in lowering your blood pressure. A research suggests a link between sex and lower blood pressure, says Joseph J. Pinzone, MD. He is CEO and medical director of Amai Wellness. Sexual intercourse specifically lowers systolic blood pressure, that’s the first number on your blood pressure test.

A good sex life is good for your heart and it can lower the heart attack risk and besides that, sex also helps keep your estrogen and testosterone levels in balance. Having sex more often may help. During one study, men who had sex at least twice a week were half as likely to die of heart disease as men who had sex rarely.

Sex can lessen or ease any pain you feel on your body. Before trying or reaching for an aspirin, try for an orgasm. Orgasm can block pain because it releases a hormone that helps raise your pain threshold. Stimulation without orgasm can also do the trick. “We’ve found that vaginal stimulation can block chronic back and leg pain, and many women have told us that genital self-stimulation can reduce menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, and in some cases even headache, ” says Barry R. Komirasuk, PhD, a distinguished service professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Sexual intercourse, nocturnal emission and masturbation can help ward off prostate cancer. Yes, lots of factor can affect cancer risk but more sex won’t hurt.

And if you’re stressing or having a hard time in sleeping or getting yourself to bed, sex could be one of the answer. Sex improves sleep because often you may nod off mor quickly than just the usual going to sleep routines and plus you’ll sleep with some good reasons. “After orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness” after sex, says Sheenie Ambardar, MD. A Psychiatrist in West Hollywood, California.

Having a lot of stress from work? Sex or simply being close to your partner can soothe stress and anxiety. Through touching and hugging, your body can release your body’s natural “feel good hormone.” Ambardar says that sexual arousal releases brain chemical that revs up your brain’s pleasure and reward system.

Sex is credited with having many other health benefits. They’re not all scientifically proven because it’s difficult for researchers to measure the effects of sex on different health outcomes in a standardised way.

How many calories does sex burn?

“Sex is a really great form of exercise,” Pinzone says. It won’t replace the treadmill, but it counts for something. You don’t a scientist to tell you that sex can be a full tilt, sweat drenched workout. But how many calories does a good romp really burn? Sex uses about five calories per minute, four more calories than watching TV. It gives you a one-two punch, it bumps your heart rate and uses various muscles.

So if you are so caught up with your work, never be busy in sparing a time in having sex. You may even want to clear your schedule for a regular basis, it doesn’t just give you pleasure but it also make you healthy. “Like exercise, consistency helps maximizes the benefits,” Pinzone says.

But this latest study really shows that sex uses only a few calories, the treadmill used about three times many. The sex was also likely to be more energetic than usual because people knew they were being monitored.

Sex is good for you, but it isn’t always an exercise: Karelis points out that sometimes sex isn’t hot and heavy and doesn’t always last long, so you can’t count every quickie as a moderate workout. “Sex should not replace regular exercise,” Karelis says. “Rather, sex and exercise should both be incorporated into your routine on a regular basis. Studies show that each improves health, so the combination of the two leads to a greater quality life.”

Sex is not just about satisfying one’s pleasure or satisfaction purposes, it is also considered a one form of exercise and it brings out a lot of health benefits. So if you are so negative about the idea of sex? Think twice! It comes with a package, it doesn’t only make you feel good, it can also be good to your health. Yes, it’s the pleasure for your health.

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