We schedule all of our events in our google calendars, blackberries and smart phones, but there is no mention of sex.
Here is a challenge we should consider as the New Year approaches: There are too many benefits to having sex that we are missing out on.
Do not underestimate the need for being close to your partner. This is the way to kick stress and anxiety out the door. Additionally, sex and intimacy have the ability to boost self-esteem and happiness.
If your doctor has not suggested it, write it on your prescription yourself. Sex is the medicine for a happy life with your partner. Being sleep deprived, this day and age, appears to be the norm.
Taking your prescription at the scheduled time will change this. The endorphins released after sex will help to flush the stress-related hormone, cortisol, out of the system leading to better sleep and deep relaxation.
Sex Counts As Exercise: This is a no-brainer, we burn calories in the process. You can burn up to 80 calories just by kissing. If the kissing is vigorous and involves some petting, it could be even closer to 90 calories burned in an hour. Even more fascinating, the researcher reportedly found that a man attempting to remove a bra with his mouth burns as many as 80 calories. Needless to say, sex truly is a form of exercise. Also, like exercise, consistency matters.
Sex Lowers Heart Attack Risk: The fact is, men who have frequent sex are more likely to be healthier than their counterparts. 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.
Naturally, sex is a physical activity and directly serves to protect cardiovascular health. Additionally, men who have frequent sex might be more likely to be in a supportive intimate relationship and this might improve health through stress reduction and social support. Here is the dirty secret. Oxytocin which promotes a sense of calm, reduces the perception of pain. Skin-to-skin touching with peak effects at orgasm contributes to pain relief.
According to one study, vaginal stimulation can block chronic back and leg pain, and many women have indicated that genital self-stimulation can reduce menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, and in some cases even headache.
Sexual activity on a consistent basis reduces the chance of prostate cancer or other prostate problems, because toxins are cleared through regular ejaculation. Sex may also reduce the development of tiny crystals that are associated with some cancers. To reiterate, sexual activity also reduces stress, calming the central nervous system, which may reduce cancer cell division and growth. Therefore, the general consensus is that sex is beneficial for prostate health. Get out those calendars, decide on a set schedule with your partner, and begin to enjoy the benefits and the joy of having sex.
Shauna Cassell Shauna is a contributing writer at Eligible Magazine. She also writes press releases for the Jamaica Diaspora Association on the following websites: Calling All Jamaicans and Jamaicans. In her spare time, you can find her hiking or jogging on a nearby trail, writing, reading a novel or travelling.