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6 Fun Ways to Help Your Heart

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Take her to bed

Keep your blood flowing by hopping into the sack two or more times a week. Men who do are 65 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular disease, compared with those who have sex less than once a month on average, according to a recent New England Research Institute study. In a 2006 study at the University of Paisley, Scotland, people who had sex at least once over a 2-week period had lower blood pressure than those who engaged in no sexual activity, and their blood vessels responded better to stress.

But going solo won’t help you out. While researchers are still examining why vaginal intercourse is so much better than other kinds of stimulation, they believe it has to do with the intimacy. Oxytocin, a hormone associated with intimacy and reduced stress, is released during sex and particularly during orgasm. Intercourse may be more intimate than other kinds of fooling around, which may lead to a more effective release of oxytocin, says Stuart Brody, Ph.D., the study’s author. Sex can also be a great workout, burning up to 60 calories per half hour in bed.

Raise the calorie burn with vigorous sex: Show her The Sex Position Master, and add more athletic positions to your repertoire.

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4:08PM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thanks

1:15PM PDT on May 4, 2013

thanks

1:14PM PDT on May 4, 2013

thanks

7:05AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Lifestyle counts

6:25AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

I will pass on the advice! Thank you!

6:23AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

I will pass on the advice! Thank you!

9:54PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Thanks, I think I can fit in all of these!

11:27AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Thanks

11:51AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Thanks for the tips

4:06PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

THANKS.

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