Going to the gym has its benefits but so does working out in the bedroom. Couples who have frequent sex (which is unique to each couple from frequency to type of sex act) may gain relationship and health benefits from boosting the immune system to strengthening intimacy between partners.
Other benefits of frequent sex in general, according to research, may include looking younger, stress relief, longer life, increased self-esteem, and heart health.
The sourced articles below should provide more information on the physical and psychological benefits of sex.
- Study Finds How Sex Gives Life Meaning
“There may be more to sex than you think. Not only can it make you feel good physically, it can lift your spirits. In fact, it can give your life meaning, says a team of psychologists from George Mason University. They published a paper in Emotion that shows how sex one day will cause a greater sense of meaning in life and a more positive mood the next day.”
Paul Ratner, bigthink.com, 7/24/2018
- 10 Health Benefits Of Having More Sex
“Although giving up unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking and rich food will certainly improve your health, giving up sex will not. In fact, when you’re in a healthy relationship, sex is one of the best things you can do for yourself.”
Sandee LaMotte, cnn.com, 3/12/2018
- 5 Great Ways Sex Benefits Your Body
“Ask anyone why they have sex, and they’re most likely to say they do it for fun. And while that’s certainly a valid reason for a good romp between the sheets, sex has other physiological effects on the body.”
Rachel Grice, livestrong.com, 8/14/2017
- Weekly Sex Can Prolong Life
“While a regular sex life has been shown to boost mood and improve relationships, it turns out that having sex once a week can also prolong your life, according to a new study. … In related news, a separate study shows that having a positive attitude about aging can improve your sex life.”
Kim Hayes, aarp.org, 7/18/2017
- 9 Reasons Why Having Lots Of Sex Is Good For You
“Sex makes work better, according to a study out of Oregon State University, and it does so equally for men and women. Of 159 married employees who filled out surveys, those who had sex reported better moods the next day, the effects of which appeared to last at least a full 24 hours.”
Sarah Rense, esquire.com, 7/13/2017
- Ten Health Benefits Of Sex
“Sex is also considered a significant form of exercise. Sex burns around 85 calories, or 3.6 calories per minute, according to a study published in PLOS One. These few examples are a drop in the ocean of the numerous health benefits of sexual activity and masturbation that are presented in studies from around the globe. Medical News Today provide the low-down on the top evidence-based health benefits of sex.”
Hannah Nichols, medicalnewstoday.com, 4/13/2017
- 18 Oh-So Good Reasons To Have Sex
“Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Wilkes University found that having sex once or twice a week boosts the immune system by lowering immunity-weakening cortisol levels and increasing immunoglobulin A (IgA), a protein that acts like an antibody.”
Asher Fogle, goodhousekeeping.com, 4/4/2017
- Now For Some Good News: Regular Sex Benefits Your Mental Health, Too
“Everyone has probably heard about the physical benefits of having sex (it helps the immune system, lowers blood pressure, burns calories). But are you aware of the long list of psychological benefits?”
- Study: How Often Do Happy People Have Sex?
“Like letting the sun warm your skin on an early spring day or sinking your teeth into a healthy food you also happen to love, it’s always a bonus when something that feels good is good for you – and that’s certainly the case with sex.”
Dr. Mercola, mercola.com, 4/28/2016
- What Happens When You Have An Orgasm? These 8 Awesome Health Benefits That Beat Going To The Gym Tonight
“We all know climaxing feels good – so good – but orgasms are good for your health, too. Sex and orgasms offer a range of health benefits you probably didn’t know about; some may say the equivalent of a really great workout. We feel better, we look better, we have a better night’s sleep, and while we’re at it, we’re relieving stress. We’re accomplishing so many good things at once. Each sweaty session has incredible benefits and many of these benefits overlap. Why do we even bother waiting for a machine at the gym?”
Aly Walansky, bustle.com, 4/3/2015