Taking relationship advice from Samantha from Sex and The City may not be a wise decision, but occasionally, Sam got things right. She once explained to her friends that “sex is a barometer for what’s going on in the relationship.” And while we might not agree on all counts, when it comes to health benefits, she did have a point.
Sex is just plain good for the body, and may even be on par with diet, exercise, and genetics when it comes to living a healthy life.
It’s like a turbo-charged life vitamin, this sex thing. If practiced at least once per week, it can really work wonders for your body. Just look at all of these sex-y boons to your health: It eases stress, boosts cardiovascular strength, fights aging, strengthens the immune system, and probably the biggest bonus for all demure ladies: It nurtures healthy relationships.
When sex breaks down, marriages often break up. So do what you can to make this appointment for health. If you’re not in a long-term relationship — or even if you are — it’s not always easy to fit spontaneous sex into a busy week. But if you make it a priority (OCD? Schedule it in your calendar!) then it won’t have to take a back seat.
Even if you’re not too concerned about vitamins and just want a good workout, sex can be the alternative to burpees and pushups.
Like dancing, the horizontal mambo will definitely get your heart racing, and in more ways than one. But lying on the bed while he does all the work on top isn’t what I’m talking about. Instead, you need to get on top. Move your feet forward and lean back on your hands, and you’ll give your abs and upper thigh muscles a fantastic workout. And avoid quickies: You’ll need 30 minutes to burn approximately 163 calories.
In addition, if you’re a lesbian, or using toys, the moves can get even more acrobatic. Working accessories into your sexual routine (like dildos and strap-ons) can exercise your biceps, shoulders, lower abs, glutes, quads, and abductors, all the female trouble spots. It’s win-win!
And don’t forget to stretch. Just like any workout, you can walk away with strained necks, sore muscles, pulled back muscles – and if you’re lucky, a few bites, scratches, and hickeys. Being flexible is always a bonus when you’re “going to town” on each other, especially if you want to hold a specific pose. So make sure you’re both warmed up, and don’t forget that you’re having fun.