We all know the health benefits of going to a Fitness Center. We’ll even make sure to schedule time in our busy lives for exercise. Yet most of us are quicker to hit the gym before hitting the sheets when it comes to taking care of ourselves. However, taking time to self pleasure, or huffing and puffing your way through a sweat-inducing sex session may be far more beneficial to your overall health than the time you spend on the treadmill.
As research confirms time and time again, good sex in a healthy relationship can only better our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being. Sensulaity and sexuality in this context, offers us tons of benefits, most of which aren’t touted nearly enough. Intimate time spent with ourselves in self-pleasuring is also not touted nearly enough.
Here are just a few benefits:
Weight loss and weight control. You can burn about 200 calories in 30 minutes of good sex! Lovemaking lends itself to improved strength, flexibility, muscle tone, and cardiovascular conditioning.
Stress relief. Sex, sensuality and self pleasure impacts the way we respond to stress, increasing levels of oxytocin and stimulating feelings of warmth and relaxation. What better way to unwind from a tough day than sharing its most climactic moment with your special someone or being that special someone for yourself?
Pain management. Sex and orgasms have been shown to offer migraine and menstrual cramp relief, as well as alleviate chronic back pain thanks to the endorphins and corticosteroids released during sexual arousal and orgasm.
Immune booster. Sex wards off colds and the flu. And sexually active people take fewer sick days.
Better heart health. Intimacy and sensuality should be part of every doctor’s orders when it comes to cardiovascular care. Sex and orgasms may help lower cholesterol and the risk of heart attack. Studies also found that partner hugs lowered the blood pressure in women.
Increased self-esteem and intimacy. When sex and sensuality are consistent and involves mutual pleasure, it can increase bonding since the surge in the hormones oxytocin and prolactin at orgasm stimulates feelings of affection, intimacy, and closeness. When spiritual in nature, sex can lead to an even better quality of life and stronger relationship. Is it any wonder that good sexual energy in a positive relationship can make you feel better about yourself, your partner, and life in general?
Sleep enhancement. There’s no need to count sheep when sex or self pleasuring helps insomnia. Plus, making love sure beats tossing and turning your way to sleep.
A better, younger looking you. Sex and orgasms keep you looking and feeling younger and, according to some research, may lead to shiny hair, a glowing complexion and bright eyes. This is because it increases the youth-promoting hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrostone). And feeling more attractive charges your senses and sex life even more.
Mood lifter. Self pleasure and sex releases pleasure-inducing endorphins during arousal and climax that can relieve depression and anxiety, and increase vibrancy.
Longevity. There is a significant relationship between frequency of orgasm and risk of death, especially with men. Men who orgasm two times a week have a 50 percent lower chance of mortality than those who climax one time per month.
Decreased risk of breast cancer. One study of women who had never given birth found that an increased frequency of sexual intercourse was correlated with a decrease in the incidence of breast cancer.
Reproductive health benefits. According to at least one study, sex/orgasm appears to decrease a man’s risk of prostate cancer, and the prevention of endometriosis in women. It also promotes fertility in women by regulating menstrual patterns.
Make a Date. Scheduling sex and intimacy might sound too anal to be fun, but sometimes planning is in order. You make the time to work out or do errands – why not for sex?
Reconnecting with your partner as a lover – not roommate or parent is a reminder of why you were attracted to him in the first place. Once you make the date the anticipation can be almost as titillating as the love making.
Healthy Thoughts. Our power to live a pleasurable life lies in our willingness to focus our attention on thoughts, people, places, experiences, our senses and events that are joyful, fun, sensuous, and uplifting. Our most sensual/sexual organ is our mind.
In a nutshell, the health benefits of sex, self pleasure, healthy thoughts and orgasms are practically endless. Yet, in planning our New Year’s resolutions, how many of us are declaring, “I think I’ll plan time in my busy week to self pleasure, have more orgasms or have more sex with my lover” in fulfilling my 2010 health and self-improvement goals?
While exercise on a regular basis is important to your health, sex and sensuality can do so much more for you and or your relationship. So before signing on any dotted line for a new gym membership, consider how the time allotted to a gym could be far more effective for your relationships or your luscious self esteem in your own bedroom.
Hopefully it’s a workout plan and intention you’re likelier to stick to.
For assistance in making 2010 a year of full of pleasure and sensuality please call for safe, comfortable one-on-one sensuality coaching or hormone balance education. I have some wonderful workshops coming up or you can book me to speak to your club or organization.