Carving out time to have sex on a daily basis isn’t easy for some people—no matter how much they may enjoy it. But many would be more likely to fit in in their schedule if they knew the myriad benefits. From physical to emotional to mental wellbeing, a regular romp will put you on the path to great health.
1. It gives you better immunity.
Put down the vitamin C and chow down on your aphrodisiac of choice instead. Sex has been associated with improved defenses against germs, viruses, and other bugs. Antibodies that guard against disease are higher in people who have sex more frequently, so start penciling in some regular intercourse and you’ll probably find you’re sick less often.
2. It’s a natural pain reliever.
The skin-to-skin contact during sex and the great oxytocin boost thereafter act as natural pain relievers. In fact, research has shown that the female orgasm can help to ease menstrual cramps, as well as chronic back and leg pain. Even if you aren’t in pain of any kind, the time between the sheets will still help to relieve stress and make you feel better in both body and mind.
3. It means an improved libido.
It’s no surprise that doing the deed primes you for doing it more and more. Having more sex just may make you crave it, and that seems to especially be the case for women. Doing it increases levels of hormones estrogen and testosterone, both of which mean better sex drive.
4. It can make you happier.
This benefit probably goes without saying, but sex—especially that with a partner whom you respect and love—can simply make you happy. The mood boost likely has to do with neurotransmitters that are released during the act, as well as improved blood flow.
5. It lowers blood pressure.
Like giving someone a nice, big hug, intimacy can help lower diastolic blood pressure, and there is science to back it up. Various studies have shown a connection between intercourse—though not masturbation—and lower systolic blood pressure.
6. You’re less likely to have a heart attack.
Consider sex great exercise to put your heart in tip-top condition. Like any other physical activity, getting busy decreases your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, or heart attack. So go ahead and get your heart pumping in and out of the sack on a daily basis and help defend your ticker against life-threatening conditions.
7. It gives you improved bladder control.
For women, a daily dose of sex is a great way to keep their pelvic muscles in shape. In addition to keeping your quads, core, and upper back intact, the activity will help your bladder and bowel function, which is incredibly important as you age during and after menopause.
8. You may sleep better as a result.
Sleep and sex usually occur in the same place, and excelling at one usually means you’ll do well in the other arena. So rest up for better sex and start scheduling a daily romp with your partner to up your chances of sleeping well. While experts aren’t quite sure why sex means better sleep (although many suspect it has to do with the hormone prolactin), the benefit has been documented enough to make it a worthwhile pursuit.
9. It may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Studies have indicated that male orgasm and testicle stimulation might be linked to a reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. Although more research is required in order for this benefit to be widely considered plausible, there’s no harm to having sex in hopes that it might be true!
10. You just might live longer if you do it.
For all the reasons already mentioned—including the benefits to your circulation, heart, and muscles—having sex on the daily will give you a better chance of sticking around longer. A British Medical Journal study indicated that men who have sex frequently live longer than those who don’t. To up your chances of living the longest, why not make it part of your daily health routine?