Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sex and the...Heart!

I think we have all formally introduced ourselves enough to where this should not be something to be shy about. We are all friends, right? Well, it's time to talk about the effect that sex has on the heart....what a great topic!

To start, sex burns calories. Not a ton of calories, but hey, something is better than nothing, right? On average sex burns between 75 and 100 calories in 30 minutes. But let's put this into perspective. 52 half hour sessions (once a week) will burn on average between 3,900 and 5,200 calories, burning a pound of fat. Double the time to an hour and double the weight loss! (Oh..and yes..I found an "app for that"!)

There was a study in the American College of Cardiology published a few years back that showed that men who had less sex had a higher chance of cardiovascular disease. When compared to men who reported sex 2-3 times a week, men with sexual activity once a month or less had a 45% higher chance of cardiovascular disease. I know..these statistics were about men, but I do not think it would be too tough to to say that they are likely very similar for women.

In the movies and on TV we always see some older guy dying having sex, thinking.."oh my God..that's horrible!" In reality, the odds of having a heart attack or dying during sex is less than 1%. If you do have heart disease, heart failure, or are on medication for your heart, always talk to your doctor prior to increasing your sex life...just to make sure that the increase in physical activity is good for you. More likely than not, if you are exercising at least a few times a week, sex will not be dangerous for you.

So what are the other benefits of know besides the...exercise..? Well, overall stress reduction which may in turn lead to lower blood pressure is one. One study even showed that HUGS decreased blood go hug it out! Interestingly, sex has also been linked to better immunity. Having sex once or twice a week has been linked to higher levels of IgA, an immunoglobulin which helps to protect against infections. Also, sex reduces pain..yes pain! The hormone oxytocin that is released during sexual activity is known to decrease pain. So, if your headache is killing you...try sex versus taking an advil!

Last but not least, sex improves self-esteem. This is my favorite...Great sex is linked to great self-esteem. It was even noted in some studies that even those women with high self-esteem to begin with still had sex to feel better about themselves. Go on ladies, don't be shy!

Overall, sex is a good thing..not just for how it makes you feel with your partner, but also because of its self-esteem boosting properties, the calorie-burning potential and the improvement in your all-around health. Take time at least 1-2x a week to "indulge" a little!

P.S. If you've read Fifty Shades of Grey...well...maybe you already discovered the benefits of increased sex. I'm just sayin'!

Wishing you a wonderful week,

1 comment:

  1. I don't believe that a person will die because of sex, maybe they take a pill or medicine before the intercourse or they have a heart problem.