Sexercise might be just what the doctor ordered
Maybe it’s wishful thinking – and maybe it’s not. According to several online reports, a romp in the sheets can be just as beneficial as a full workout at the gym.
That’s the apparent conclusion of researchers who have compared the overall impact of exercise vs. sexercise.
“It’s exactly the same benefits as doing a full body workout, but the caveat being that you have to maintain it for long enough,” explains physiotherapy professor Kevin Netto of Curtin University.
A quick review of the data suggests that sex helps the body in important, meaningful ways. When you partake in random fun, you trigger the release of immunoglobulin A, which fights off a number of health conditions including psoriasis, acne and eczema.
If the sexercise session you are involved with is particularly sweaty, you are helping your body to wash away bacteria build-up on the skin.
Another benefit to sexercise is the generation of endorphins. Those are hormones released by the brain that wash over you and provide a pleasant feeling of euphoria.
“When we look at the function that those hormones might have, we can see that they assist to reduce stress,” says sexual health lecturer Matt Tilley, who also points out that endorphins also act as a natural anti-depressant.
What’s more, endorphins also trigger the growth of collagen as well as new skin cells, while minimizing acne scars and wrinkles.
Other benefits of sexercise:
Thirty minutes of sex burns off roughly 100 calories, but sexperts say intercourse in challenging positions can burn of a whole lot more!
For men, sexercise can hold particular benefits on the illness prevention front.
Guys who have sex three or more times per week reduced their risk of suffering a heart attack and stroke by almost half, according to a study out of Queens University in Belfast. In addition, regular sex is thought to protect men against prostate cancer.
And here’s another sexercise factoid:
A survey conducted by the National Cancer Institute of 30,000 middle-aged men revealed that guys who averaged 21-ejaculations a month saw a 33% lower risk of prostate cancer than guys who only released 4 to 7 times during the same 30-day period.
By: Conrad Braxton