Just a few weeks ago, we let you know that, while it feels like a workout, sex, in fact, doesn't really burn a whole lot of calories. While that may have gotten all of us discouraged, leave it to science to bring our spirits higher—because they just said that sex is good for heart health, so keep on, keeping on.
According to research published by the Cleveland Clinic, sex is all sorts of good for your health, not just your heart, helping ease pain and improve sleep.
How Sex Helps Your Heart
- Researchers have found that men who had sex at least twice a week were less likely to develop heart disease compared to men who only had sex once per month, according to a 2010 study published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
Natural Relief From Pain
- With sexual activity and climax, there is a release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers. Many people note less migraine headaches. They tend to feel relaxed, at peace with a sense of contentment.
Men And Women May Benefit Differently
Sex may also help you sleep. This is especially true for men. Scientists believe it’s because there is a part of the brain that winds down after sex, releasing calming chemicals. This causes many muscle groups to relax, too.
Both sexes experience climax, and there’s muscle relaxation and a natural sedation that follows. For women in particular, sex improves pelvic floor strength. Orgasms are associated with contractions of the pelvic floor. The stronger the pelvic floor, the better.
Of course, that last one about "improving sleep" is pretty obvious, I mean, what guy doesn't pass out immediately after climaxing? The other two health benefits? Well, those are awesome, and prove that sex is a must for long-term survival—only partly joking, of course.