Posted on Mar 30, 2017, 6 a.m.
Looking for a healh boost? An affectionate relationship and sex can be good for your well-being.
Experiencing a meaningful sexual relationship with loving emotions attached can produce great health benefits. So, why are scientists saying that sex plus a loving relationship can have a positive effect on your well-being?
The Part Sex Plays in a Healthy Lifestyle
People who are health conscious should be exercising at least 30 minutes to an hour per day, especially those individuals with desk jobs, or jobs that require more sitting than standing or walking. Scientific evidence shows that intimate sex, through a loving relationship releases endorphins, (the feel good chemical) and oxytocin in the brain. Endorphins function as stress reducers, and can act like a natural anti-depressant. Not only can sex make you feel good, it can actually enhance intimacy between partners. Oxytocin (referred to as the love hormone) helps couples to establish trust and a loving bond with each other. Having an intellectual conversation with a partner, and spending time together socially does contribute to a healthy relationship. However, spending time having intercourse can actually count toward the recommended amount of daily physical activity, as well.
Under 20 Minutes From Oh to Wow
The entire act of sex, according to a French study, lasts about 17 minutes on average, from start to finish. The director of research at Curtin University's School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Kevin Netto, says that sex is in the family of moderate exercise. Why? Sexual intercourse gives the body a short, intense workout that increases the systolic and diastolic blood pressure, causing the heart rate to rise and inducing sweating. Sex has the same benefits as a cardio workout, but it has to last longer than the average 17 minutes. According to Professor Netto, for some people it is not often, or long enough, to make a significant impact. Nevertheless, sex boosts self confidence, increases self-esteem, and improves one’s mood, especially when one is able to satisfy his/her partner.
This article first appeared on ScienceNetwork Western Australia a science news website based at Scitech.