Get Busy, Get Healthy: 5 Surprising Reasons to Have Sex Tonight

Whether you refer to sex as getting busy or getting it on, nooky or the naughty, there’s one thing we can all call it: healthy. Sex can help…

Lower blood pressure. Couples who committed to having more sex for two weeks logged lower blood pressure levels during stressful situations, such as public speaking, compared to couples who fooled around without doing the deed, according to researchers at the University of the West of Scotland at Paisley. Low blood pressure levels mean your heart isn’t working as hard to pump blood throughout the body, which helps prevent heart disease.

Prevent prostate cancer. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that ejaculating often (at least three times a week) is related to a decreased risk for prostate cancer. The researchers aren’t exactly sure what the connection is, but suspect ejaculations alter the composition of a man’s prostatic fluid in ways that help protect against carcinogens.

Boost your immunity. People who have sex once or twice a week have higher levels of a cold and infection-fighting antibody called immunoglobulin A compared to people who have sex less than once a week.

Squash stress. Cuddling offers some perks, too. Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago found that couples who kiss and hug regularly are eight times less likely to be tense or depressed compared to unaffectionate pairs. Researchers suspect that the mood benefit is due to a surge in feel-good hormones triggered by touching your partner. Bonus: When you have an orgasm, your brain releases oxytocin, a hormone that has been linked to sounder sleep and less intense pain.

Make you happier. A marriage that includes regular rolls in the hay (once a week compared to once a month) results in the same levels of happiness as earning an extra $50,000 annually, report researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Now that’s what we call scoring!

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About Liz Plosser

Liz loves these things, in no particular order: Kansas City Chiefs football, manicures, red wine and running along Lake Michigan. She had boy-girl twins in March of 2011, so spending time with her sweet babies trumps all these things. When she's not having fun singing and snuggling them, she's at work as the managing editor at the weekly magazine Time Out Chicago, or writing about health, fitness, nutrition, psychology and family for publications such as Women's Health, Runner's World, Fitness, Self magazine and Prevention. Liz lives in Chicago with her husband and babies and has completed nine marathons, a Half-Ironman triathlon, and dozens of half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks.

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