5 Great Reasons to Have More Sex (According to Science)
If you’re like a lot of people, you’ll happily take as much sex as you can get and with good reason, right? Sex is tons of fun and feels absolutely amazing, but did you know that it’s truly good for you too? If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2019 is to take better care of yourself and your health, we’re here to assure you that having more sex is a stellar way to do exactly that. The following are just a few scientific reasons why.
- Sex is an amazing workout.
Sex isn’t just emotionally and psychologically rewarding. It can also be terrific exercise. The more vigorous and satisfying the sex, the more of a workout you’re getting in the process. Sex helps you build strength, endurance, and flexibility. It also helps you burn off extra calories.
Men burn on average about 100 calories per roll in the hay, while women burn around 70. Those numbers can easily double if you like to go at it for at least 30 minutes at a time as well. You don’t necessarily need a partner to reap the exercise benefits of sex either. A self-service session with your favorite vibrator or stroker is just as effective.
- Sex helps you manage stress.
Do you have a lot of trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Are your muscles constantly tense, tight, and tied up in knots? Do you have chronic trouble with headaches or get sick more often than you feel is normal? The chances are pretty good that you’re overstressed, especially if you’re also very busy in general.
Sex can help you with that on a number of levels. To begin with, it’s a natural anti-depressant and anxiety reliever, so it’s an easy way to feel better almost instantly. Plus, being close with a partner in and of itself helps trigger the release of several feel-good chemicals, like dopamine to name just one. Orgasm triggers the release of even more of those chemicals.
- Sex sends self-esteem soaring.
For the great majority of us, sex is a basic biological need, just like food or water. When it’s high in quality and we’re getting enough of it, all is right with the world. When we’re not, we can feel anxious, irritable, and just plain down as a result. There are social implications to consider as well. People that are considered sexual dynamos or that have a lot of sex are celebrated in our society, while a sex life that’s non-existent is the exact opposite.
For those reasons and many others, the quality of a person’s sex life is directly related to their self-esteem. When you’re having the kind of sex you want to be having, you’re more confident. You feel better about yourself and your relationship with your partner is stronger as well.
- Sex can actually make you smarter.
Sex isn’t just great for your body, your psyche, and your general sense of wellbeing. It’s seriously good for your brain as well, and yes, it can definitely make you smarter. So can the simple act of fantasizing or reflecting on a past sexual encounter! According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, even thinking about sex you’ve had in the past can improve your brainpower and boost analytic skills.
Actually having sex and reaching orgasm is great for your brain function as well. It’s been proven that having an orgasm activates numerous different areas of the brain – up to 30, in fact. (Even celebrated brain boosting activities like crossword puzzles and memory exercises only activate a few at a time.) Orgasm also facilitates a flood of oxygen and other nutrients to your hungry brain cells, facilitating new growth.
- Sex can help keep you young.
Whether you’re determined to keep your glowing, youthful skin in tip-top condition for as long as possible or are simply hoping to keep the aches and pains of age at bay, it probably goes without saying that you want to stay young. Eating right and exercising regularly is definitely a part of that, but sex really should be as well. In fact, regular sex has been repeatedly associated with looking (and feeling) between 5-10 years younger than you really are and that’s the case for both men and women.
The reason could lie in the flood of chemicals and natural hormones sex causes, especially when it’s good or results in orgasm. It causes the release of human growth hormone, commonly associated with suppler, younger looking skin. Estrogen, associated with healthy-looking hair and skin, is just one more example. And of course, looking better and feeling younger than your age can contribute to higher self-esteem and a better quality of life as well.
In other words, you have every reason in the world to have better sex (and more of it) this year. It’s scientifically proven to be one of the best things for you, both inside and out.