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"..here!)
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.
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,