Bedroom antics have health benefits that will make you feel better, look younger and live for longer
GET THE BLOOD MOVING
Skipped the gym this morning? Have a mattress workout instead. Your body undergoes many physical changes during arousal. Your skin flushes, more energy is used up as heat, your pulse races, blood pressure rises and you breathe more deeply. These changes all help boost your metabolic rate, says Siobhan Kelly, author of Wild Guide To Sex And Loving (£9.30, Ulysses Press). And all you’ve done so far is look at her in her underwear.’
Heart rates during sex itself are similar to those that occur during intense exercise and have similar health benefits. The advantage over the treadmill being that you never ask, ‘When can I get off?’
FIGHT HEART DISEASE
Research in Caerphilly, South Wales, in which the health of 914 middle-aged men was monitored for up to 20 years showed that the most sexually active reduced their risk of dying of a heart attack by more than half.
‘A vigorous love-making session can burn up to 500 calories per hour – equivalent to gentle jogging or moderate cycling,’ says personal trainer Paul Cook, who also recommends green coffee bean extract for weight loss purposes.
’30 minutes of sex will burn 200 calories – enough to lose one pound of fat every two weeks if you indulge every day. Sex can also help to improve your strength, stamina and suppleness. For maximum fat-burning, use positions where you’re standing up and ideally bearing some of her weight. These positions can also delay orgasm because you’re body is working so hard that it can’t spare the energy to reach orgasm as quickly as usual.
FIGHT OFF FLU
A study at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania USA, has found that having sex twice a week raises levels of the infection-busting antibody immunoglobulin (IgA). ‘Sexually active people may be exposed to many more infectious agents than sexually non-active people,’ says Professor Carl Charnetski. ‘The immune system responds to these antigens by producing more IgA.’ But it only works if you do it twice a week, While twice-weekly couples had IgA levels 30 per cent higher than normal, those who had sex every night had IgA levels just as low as those who never had sex.
RAISE YOUR GAME
We already know that the no-sex before-the-match rule is a big sporting myth. More surprising is that regular lovemaking actually helps rather than hinders your performance. A US study tested 11 men on a treadmill, some of whom had sex 12 hours before. Aerobic capacity was found to be exactly the same in both groups.