The Skinny on Sex
Much like laughter, there are many health benefits associated with sex–including longer life spans, better cardiovascular health, higher pain tolerances, an improved immune system, and a lower rate of depression.
And guess what else: aerobically, a half-hour roll in the hay burns approximately 150–250 calories–and even up to 350 calories if you are especially…acrobatic. (Ahem.) This is about the equivalent of briskly walking, running, or lifting weights for thirty minutes. According to Forbes magazine, having sex just twice a week for a year will burn off the equivalent of seven hefty pasta dinners. And that doesn’t even address the muscle-toning that occurs. Okay, so run on a treadmill in a sweaty gym? Or tear up the sheets in a sweaty bed?
In The Ultimate Sex Diet (True Courage Press) author Kerry McCloskey confirms the that: sex is a great exercise, and the more exercise you do in general, the better your sex life will be. Researchers at the University of California at San Diego found that three to four one-hour workouts per week helped men achieve steadier, more satisfying sex sessions with their partners. And in a Harvard School of Public Health study, men who worked out vigorously for twenty to thirty minutes several times a week reduced their risk of erection problems by half.
Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin discovered that women’s genital blood flow after watching an X-rated film was much greater after exercising than it was without the workout. So essentially, the more you exercise, the more sex you have, and the more sex you have, the more exercise you are getting.
That is one of the most appealing vicious cycles I have ever heard of.
For more reasons to have sex…see: 5 Reasons to Have Sex Today.