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Ken Hunt - Sexercise

Ken-Hunt_SexerciseAs a personal trainer and lecturer, I am always being asked how to stay fit and healthy. Well aside from the obvious –eating right, going to the gym, and getting plenty of rest -- I have one important suggestion guaranteed to not only keep you healthy, but also put a smile on your face. In one word—Sex! Scientific studies show that sex is extremely beneficial to our health. A 10-year research study showed that sex on a regular basis increases your lifespan.

Sex is everywhere in the media. You cannot get away from it (and who wants to?) and sometimes the idea that we are vital, sexual creatures is still looked at with disgust, or in other cases, a bit of embarrassment. But if you take a look at how our sexuality adds to and enhances our life and our health, you will see that the benefits are amazing.

Sex does a body good in a number of ways, that are not just anecdotal or hearsay; these health benefits of sex are backed by scientific scrutiny. Sex is a great mode of exercise. It takes work to do it well from both a physical and psychological perspective. (See its not just about a great pair of jeans and a tight t-shirt.)

Our mental and emotional health balance is clearly influenced by sex. Abstinence is known to cause anxiety and paranoia, as well as depression. After having sex the brain releases endorphins that decrease stress, inducing a state of euphoria. And we all know how great good sex can be. But here are some interesting facts that you might not know.

Did you know that --? [ KEEP READING ]

Sweating while having sex cleanses the skin pores, making the skin brighter and decreasing the risk of developing dermatitis.

Sex can make us lose weight. Quickies of 20 minutes weekly mean burning 7,500 calories annually. A sex session can burn about 200 calories. This is like running 15 minutes on a treadmill! And it’s much more fun.

Sex strengthens our muscles. You can imagine the effort made by your muscles through those pushes and flexions. Of course it depends on how acrobatic you are in bed. And it’s clearly a lot more exciting than lifting heavy weights every day.

The more active your sex life is, the more attractive you are. High sexual activity makes the body release more pheromones, chemicals that attract potential partners to you. Boosting self-esteem is one of 237 reasons people have sex, collected in a study by University of Texas researchers and published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

I think you will agree that sometimes we have sex to feel even better. One of the reasons people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves. Great sex begins with self-esteem. If the sex is loving and connected, and if its what you want, then it will raise your self-esteem level.

Sex sharpens our senses, at least the sense of smell. Following the orgasm, a rise of the hormone prolactin makes the brain’s stem cells form new neurons in the olfactory bulb, boosting your sense of smell.

Sex is also a pain reliever. It’s ten times more effective than Valium. The chemicals released during sex, calm pain, from a minor headache to arthritis. Migraines also disappear because the pressure in the brain’s blood vessels is lowered while we have sex. So I guess the excuse, “Not tonight honey I have a headache,” will no longer hold any water.

Kissing your partner daily means fewer visits to the dentist. Kissing stimulates salivation, which cleanses food left between the teeth and lowers the acidity in the mouth, the main cause of the tooth decay.

A good sex session can be a good remedy against a stuffy nose, acting as a natural antihistaminic that helps combat asthma and a high fever. I bet you are breathing easier knowing that!

Having sex regularly drops the cholesterol level, balancing the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

Frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer later in life, Australian researchers reported in the British Journal of Urology International. When they followed men diagnosed with prostate cancer and those without, they found no association of prostate cancer with the number of sexual partners as the men reached their 30s, 40s, and 50s.

But they found men who had five or more ejaculations weekly while in their 20s reduced their risk of getting prostate cancer later by a third.

The hormones released while we have sex, like testosterone, strengthen the bones and muscles.

And speaking of hormones--Having sex and orgasms increases the levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone,” which helps us bond and build trust. "Oxytocin allows us to feel the urge to nurture and to bond," Britton says.

Higher oxytocin has also been linked with a feeling of generosity. So if you're feeling suddenly more generous toward your partner than usual, credit the love hormone. So, if you perform well in bed, then it might lead to the Cartier or Rolex watch you have always wanted. PS. - That’s how I got mine!

Sex is beneficial not only for the heart, but also for the blood circulation, especially in the brain, because of the increased heart rate and deep breathing.

Sexual activity lowers the risk of getting colds and the flu. Having sex one to two times weekly means 30-percent higher levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A that spurs the immune system.

Sex also leads to better control of the bladder, by strengthening the pelvis muscles controlling the flow of urine.

After orgasm, especially in the evening, we become sleepy. This is the effect of good sex: it increases sleep quality. Following an orgasm, the body of both people becomes completely relaxed, so that you can have a good deep sleep. And a good night’s sleep is important for maintaining good health, so do you need any more proof that sex is good for you? I hope not! Have fun. Enjoy. Be Safe.

KEN HUNT is an AFI-certified trainer and owner of Steel Gym in New York City. Ken’s articles have been featured in The New York Times, Compete, Horizon Barcelona, La Cosmopolatina, Dignity, Men's Fitness, Genre, HX, Stonewall News and EXIT South Africa, and he’s a frequent guest on Sirius OutQ Radio. Ken also travels the country lecturing on physical fitness and sharing his workout secrets. He is currently finishing his new book “The Hunt for Fitness,” and working on a new cable TV project. Steel Gym has been named one of the top five gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the “Talk Of The Town Award” for outstanding customer service, and received the “New York Award” for physical fitness. The gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY 212.352.9876 - http://www.steelgym.com

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