Sex, it does a body good!

Valentines, can be a loving night of romance with the one we love the most.  A candle lit meal with rich red wine and chocolate cake with frosted red hearts for dessert.  The two of you smile, laugh, and enjoy your time together while completely destroying your healthy eating plan.  You’ll eat more calories at dinner than you’ve eaten all day combined!  Hey, that’s ok, you’ll do some extra cardio the next day or… wait! Maybe if all goes well you’ll burn some extra calories that night with some intimate fun cardio- SEX! Fire it up! You can burn a decent number of calories with sex and still give your body several health benefits!
Just how many calories does sex burn? If you google that question, you’ll learn on average men burn 100 calories and women 70 calories during 25 minutes of sex.  Hey, this is Valentine’s Day, we’re not going to just lay there… we’re going to get after it, we have some chocolate cake to burn!  So, I was able to find more sexy calorie burning research numbers.  It turns out different positions can alter your caloric burn!  For example, missionary with the man on top shows the average man burning 143 calories while the woman only 44.  I’m not going to bore you with which positions burned the most or least calories, just know your sexy caloric burn increases as your effort increases.  Also, realistically we’re not talking about a ton of calories.  It’s actually very similar to a 30-minute walk, but it’s a lot more fun!  
There’s a ton of other physical benefits sex provides that you can’t get from walking.  Women sometimes struggle with occasional incontinence caused by a weak pelvic floor as a result of having children.  Sex and orgasms cause those muscles to contract, which strengthens them. Sex also balances the male and female hormones testosterone and estrogen.  It helps get our bodies endocrine system back to where it should be.  A side effect of this is your brain releases chemicals that calm the body and can lower anxiety.  Have you ever slept better after an orgasm? That was your brain releasing the hormone prolactin.  Prolactin helps you relax and doze off.  Your brain also releases oxytocin and serotonin which can make you feel happy!  By the way, oxytocin releases endorphins similar to opiates that help get rid of aches and pains… no more headache!  Want to look and feel younger? Sex causes the body to release growth hormones like DHEA, that help repair damaged skin.  On the cardiovascular side, sex improves your blood pressure as well as lowers your risk for a heart attack.  
In the grand scheme of things Valentine’s Day presents many health improving opportunities.  You can spend some quality time with your loved one. Enjoy a “cheat meal” that will make you smile.  Finally, you can bring the day to a close with some calorie burning, hormone balancing, blood pressure reducing good old fashion Tarzan and Jane sex, it’s one of the healthiest things you can do for your body.  Enjoy the day, lighten up, and enjoy your significant other!