If you’re a little shy, you might want to brace yourself. Because it’s time for some straight shooting.
Everybody knows that sex is usually a lot of fun. But if we’re being honest you have to admit, sometimes it can feel a little like a chore.
Maybe you’re a bit too tired. Or perhaps your joints and muscles ache or just don’t move as easily as they used to. And truthfully, a cuddle on the couch is nice, too.
Well you aren’t going to get an argument from me on that. It’s true nothing beats a good cuddle. Besides when it comes to sex, it’s all about quality, not quantity.
And the good news is while how often we’re doing it usually does drop as we get older, we also tend to become masters at the intimacy part. In other words, when it comes to senior sex we get really good at pleasing our partners and ourselves.
But I have some news that could inspire you to go ahead with that roll in the hay a little more often anyway.
Senior sex linked to longer healthier lives
It turns out sex is literally good for your health. In fact, every time you do the deed you…
1. Improve your immunities:
A study out of Wilkes University in Pennsylvania revealed that folks who had sex one to two times per week produced more of an antibody called IgA than those who opted out more often. IgA improves our immunities, helping to protect us against illnesses such as colds and flu.
And that’s not all. A 25-year study by Duke University found that sex literally helps us live longer. Both men who had sex regularly, and women who reported enjoyed having sex, lived longer healthier lives than folks who had less sex or simply didn’t enjoy it as much.
2. Get a cardio workout:
You know how everyone from your doctor to me is always trying to get you to exercise a bit more often? Well I have great news. Sex counts as a cardio workout when it comes to heart health.
A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that men who have sex twice a week have a 45 percent less risk of heart disease. And another study revealed the likely reason why.
Lovemaking slashes the levels of a chemical called homocysteine that’s behind a number of heart issues, according to the study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Guys who have sex regularly tend to have healthier blood flow and better blood vessels as a result. Which helps keep the chemical from building up.
3. Reduce your stress levels:
Sure, we’re all familiar with that relaxed glow you get after a round of bedroom aerobics. But it turns out the stress busting power of sex goes so much further than that.
Scottish researchers found that folks who had sex regularly responded better to stressful situations. Their heart rates and blood pressure levels stayed lower whenever life got stressful.
4. Boost your brainpower:
If you think smart is sexy, you’ve got one more reason to hop into the sack more often. Canadian researchers found that ladies who have more sex have better memory and word recall than their peers who stick to just sleeping in the bedroom.
Experts say that sex may be activating the hippocampus, the part of your brain that’s responsible for learning and memory.
5. Reduce cancer risk:
This benefit is for the guys, and those of us who love them. Early research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has linked ejaculation to a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
The magic number appears to be 21 times per month. But if five (plus) nights a week sounds far too ambitious for you, don’t worry. There’s good reason to believe that having frequent sex, even if it’s not most nights a week, brings plenty of benefits too.
6. Gain better bladder control:
You use many of the same muscles during sex that you use for bladder control. And this is true for both men and women.
Which means every time you have sex you’re giving those muscles a good workout and making them stronger. That can translate into better bladder control, which can become an issue for women after childbirth and all of us as we age. In other words, senior sex may help cut back on those annoying and embarrassing leaks.
7. Improve your sleep:
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sex doesn’t just release feel-good hormones. It also releases the sleep hormone prolactin. Which means having sex allows you to fall asleep easier, and get a better nights rest.
Plus it turns out having sex can lead to a pattern I think we can all get behind. According to a group of researchers out of Michigan, women who have sex sleep better, get more rest and end up wanting more sex. And that, of course, makes them sleep better. Talk about a cycle you never want to break.
Oh, and let’s not forget sex is an excellent pain reliever. Making love releases the hormone oxytocin, which in turn triggers feel-good endorphins. So if you find yourself tossing and turning because your joints ache (or you have a headache) a quick round of whoopee could have you slipping off to sleep in no time.
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get frisky. Because sex isn’t just fun, it’s good for you, too!