Can Sex Replace Regular Exercise?

While sex should not completely replace regular exercise, it does offer many of the same benefits, and it's more fun than using a treadmill ...

HEALTHNEWS.COM – Leading a healthy sex life can provide many benefits, including a more intimate connection with others and boosting your mood.

Having sex can provide the following benefits:

Boost your immune system.

Want to avoid taking sick days this year? Having sex may do the trick. Regular sexual activity can produce antibodies that protect your immune system from viruses, germs, and harmful bacteria.

Improve bladder control.

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For women assigned a birth, sex can help strengthen their pelvic floor, which can help with preventing bladder incontinence. Bladder or urinary incontinence means someone accidentally releases urine while engaging in everyday activities.

Increase libido.

Having sex can increase your libido, which can enhance your sexual desires. A high libido can lead to more satisfying sexual experiences.

Lower blood pressure.

Many studies reveal that sex may be able to lower your blood pressure. For example, a 2019 study showed that older men with higher erectile function had lower systolic blood pressure.

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Reduce risk of having a heart attack.

A healthy sex life can improve your heart health. Aside from raising your heart rate, having sex can help maintain estrogen and testosterone levels. When estrogen or testosterone levels are low, it can increase the chances of having a heart attack.

Improve sleep.

Some of the best sleep can occur after having sex. After having an orgasm, the body releases prolactin, which helps bring about feelings of relaxation. In addition, prolactin can encourage rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is the deepest stage of sleep.

Relieve stress.

Who doesn’t feel cheerful after having sex? Sexual intimacy, like touching and kissing, can produce “feel-good” hormones in your body. Your brain may release hormones like dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, or oxytocin that can improve your overall mood.

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