Stay Healthy – Have MORE Sex

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I am always being asked to share new ways to stay fit and healthy. Well
aside from the obvious –eating right, going to the gym, and getting plenty of rest, I have one
important suggestion guaranteed to not only keep you healthy, but put a smile on your face. In
one word—Sex!

Scientific studies show that sex is extremely beneficial for our health. A 10-year
research study showed that sex on a regular basis increases your lifespan.
Sex is everywhere in the media. . You cannot get away from it (and who wants too) and
sometime the idea that we are vital, sexual creatures is still looked at with disgust or in other
cases a bit of embarrassment. But you take a look at how our sexuality adds and enhances our
life and our health; you will see that the benefits are amazing.

Sex does a body good in a number of ways, that are not just anecdotal or hearsay — these health benefits of sex is backed by scientific scrutiny. Sex is a great mode of exercise. It takes work to do it well from both a physical and psychological perspective.

Our mental and emotional health balance is clearly influenced by sex. Abstinence is known to
cause anxiety and paranoia, as well as depression. After having sex the brain releases
endorphins that decrease stress, inducing a state of euphoria. And we all know how great good
sex can be. But here are some interesting facts that you might not know.

Did you know that…
• Sweating while having sex cleanse the skin pores, making the skin brighter and
decreasing the risk of developing dermatitis.

• Sex can make us lose weight. Quickies of 20 minutes weekly mean 7,500 calories
annually. A sex session can burn about 200 calories. This is like running 15 minutes on a
treadmill! And much more fun.

• Sex lowers breast cancer risk Two of these—oxytocin and DHEA—may help keep breasts cancer free. One study showed that women who have sex more than once a month have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who are less sexually active. And Greek researchers found that men who had at least seven orgasms a month in their 50s had a significantly lower chance of developing male breast cancer.

• Sex strengthens our muscles. You can imagine the effort made by your muscles through
those pushes and flexions. Of course it depends on how acrobatic you are in bed. And
it’s clearly a lot more exciting than lifting heavy weights every day.

• The more active your sex life is, the more attractive you are. . High sexual activity makes
the body release more pheromones, chemicals that attract potential partners to you.
Boosting self-esteem was one of 237 reasons people have sex, collected by University of
Texas researchers and published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

• I think you will agree sometimes we have sex to feel even better. One of the reasons
people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves, Great sex begins with self esteem.
If the sex is loving and connected. And if it’s what you want, then it will raise
your self-esteem.
• Sex sharpens our senses, at least the sense of smell. Following the orgasm, a rise of the
hormone prolactin makes the brain’s stem cells form new neurons in the olfactory bulb,
boosting your sense of smell.

Sex is also a pain reliever. It’s ten times more effective than Valium. The chemicals
released during sex, calm pain, from a minor headache to arthritis. Migraines also
disappear because the pressure in the brain’s blood vessels is lowered while we have
sex. So I guess the excuse, “Not tonight honey I have a headache, will no longer hold any
water.
• Kissing your partner daily means fewer visits to the dentist. Kissing stimulates salivation,
which cleanses food left between the teeth and lowers the acidity in the mouth, the main
cause of the tooth decay.
• A good sex session can be a good remedy against a stuffy nose, being a natural
antihistaminic that helps combating asthma and high fever. I bet you are breathing easier
knowing that!
• Having sex regularly drops the cholesterol level, balancing the ratio good cholesterol to
bad cholesterol.
• Frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may reduce the risk of prostate
cancer later in life, Australian researchers reported in the British Journal of Urology
International. When they followed men diagnosed with prostate cancer and those without,
they found no association of prostate cancer with the number of sexual partners as the
men reached their 30s, 40s, and 50s.
• But they found men who had five or more ejaculations weekly while in their 20s reduced
their risk of getting prostate cancer later by a third.
• The hormones released while we have sex like testosterone strengthens the bones and
muscles.
• And speaking of hormones–Having sex and orgasms increases levels of the hormone
oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, which helps us bond and build trust. Oxytocin
allows us to feel the urge to nurture and to bond,
• Higher oxytocin has also been linked with a feeling of generosity. So if you’re feeling
suddenly more generous toward your partner than usual, credit the love hormone. So, if
you perform well in bed, then it might lead to the Cartier or Rolex watch you have always
wanted. PS. That’s how I got mine!
• Sex is not beneficial not only for the heart, but also for the blood circulation, especially in
the brain, because of the increased heart rate and deep breathing.
• The sexual activity lowers the risk of getting colds and the flu. If you have sex 1 to 2 times
weekly means 30 % higher levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A that spurs the
immune system.
• Sex leads to a better control of the bladder, by strengthening the pelvis muscles
controlling the flow of urine.
• After orgasm, especially in the evening, we become sleepy. This is the effect of some
good sex: it increases sleep quality. Following an orgasm, the body of both males
becomes completely relaxed, so they you can have a good deep sleep. And a good
nights sleep is important for maintaining good health so, do you need any more proof
that sex is good for you. I hope not! Have fun. Enjoy. Be Safe.

Ken Hunt is an AFI-certified trainer and owner of Steel Gym in New York City. Ken’s articles have been featured in The New York Times, Compete, Horizon Barcelona, LaCosmopolatina, Dignity, Men's Fitness, Genre, HX, Stonewall News and EXIT South Africa, and he’s a frequent guest on Sirius OutQ Radio. Ken also travels the country lecturing on physical fitness and sharing his work-out secrets. He is currently finishing his new book “ The Hunt for Fitness,” working an a new cable TV project. Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. The gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY 212.352.9876 http://www.steelgym.com Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. Steel Gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY http://steelgym.com

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