Studies have consistently shown that regular exercise offers a range of health benefits and new research suggests that regular intercourse can also have a positive effect on human health.
According to recent research from The American Journal of Cardiology, having intercourse twice a week or more has been proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in men and women.
The study shows that men who have regular intercourse benefit from the exercise and are more likely to be involved in a supportive, stress-reducing relationship. Meanwhile, orgasm in women stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone that directly lowers blood pressure.
Research from the NHS suggests that intercourse:
- Is good for the heart
- Reduces blood pressure
- Alleviates stress
- Can help to prevent illness
- Improves the participant’s sense of wellbeing
However, the NHS is quick to point out that the benefits depend on how vigorous the intercourse is and that it should be used to complement regular exercise programmes rather than as a replacement.
Moderate intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, also helps to promote heart health and reduce stress levels. The NHS recommends that adults undertake 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to help keep the body healthy. Research also suggests that yoga can be particularly beneficial for the heart.
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