We all know that sex can get our dopamine flowing, but it also has many benefits you may not be aware of.
According to Healthline and a study by the American Health Association, having sex is a nice little calorie burner. People who have sex more frequently are more likely to spend some quality time in the gym. A healthy sex life is also enhanced by being physically fit overall, so make sure you’re spending time in both the bedroom and the spin room.
Here are a few more highlights from the study that prove sex is smart when it comes to your overall health:
It can help you sleep better. With the release of oxytocin (aka the love hormone) as well as endorphins, your body reaches a sedated state. So if your partner passes out right after orgasm, don’t hate. Sleeping more can help with everything from a boosted immune system to clear thinking to a healthier metabolism.
It may be heart healthy. According to a recent study on CNN, sex is particularly good for women when it comes to heart health. Women who had great sex had a lower risk of hypertension.
It can help with stress. You know that happy place you go to after a great night in bed? It’s legit. Your brain gets stimulated and satisfied while your body releases what Web MD refers to as the “feel good” hormone. Also having sex with someone you love or lust boosts self esteem and general well being. And with stress being front and center in the battle for good health, having sex is a real win-win when it comes to feeling less stressed out.
So what have we learned? As we seek more ways to be our very best selves, add some more sex into the mix. It does a body (and mind) a whole lot of good.