Even though aging is a very gradual process, the realization that you’ve grown old often comes suddenly and leaves you confused. Maybe you notice your supply of energy is not enough to get you through a day full of chores. Or, your joints start aching from time to time. Or, perhaps, you notice that your sex life is not as active as it used to be and you need to work harder to perform. This one can be pretty discouraging, especially in the beginning, and could possibly result in you asking yourself: should I bother with sex?
The quick answer is, yes. Definitely, in fact. Don’t let that “you’re not 18 anymore” inner voice talk you out of one of life’s greatest pleasures. If it’s been a while, don’t hesitate to give it a try and rekindle the old flame between you and your partner. You have nothing to lose, but a lot to gain. Not only will you feel younger at heart, but you will also look younger too. (Boost your testosterone naturally and have the best sex of your life.)
Regular sex makes you look younger (and live longer)
One of our basic human physiological needs, an integral part of relationships, and (literally) the driver of life, sex comes with a ton of health benefits. For starters, being physical activity, sex promotes blood circulation and lowers blood pressure, reducing the risk of serious (and often deadly) cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack.
Endorphins, the notorious “feel-good” hormones released in abundance during sexual activities, act as natural painkillers, boost immunity, and improve anxiety. In fact, couples who have an active sex life have been shown to manage stress much better than those who do not.
Pleasurable physical contact, such as kisses and cuddles, can have an antihistamine effect, decongesting a stuffy nose, improving the symptoms of a common cold, and even helping fight against asthma.
Weight loss is another big benefit of having sex often. Aside from calorie burning, sex promotes the release of a natural amphetamine that helps curb appetite, promoting healthier eating and, as a result, weight loss. Plus, sexually active people often tend to be more physically active. (Uncover the 7 enemies of your manhood.)
The roster of benefits you get from regular love-making sessions extends to brain health too. Regular sex stimulates brain function and contributes to psychological agility.
All of these therapeutic effects contribute to better health, a stronger body, and, ultimately, longevity and younger looks. Some scientists go as far as to say that an active sex life is the second most important determinant of delayed aging.
According to Dr. David Weeks, orgasms and physical pleasure are essential for preserving one’s youthful looks. Sexually active men and women have higher levels of sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen, respectively), and boast better skin elasticity (meaning, less wrinkles), thanks to the human growth hormone. (Could you feel 10, 20, or even 25 years younger.)
But aside from the obvious biological processes at play, intimacy is a bonding experience. Couples who keep having sex despite old age maintain a positive life outlook and report greater relationship satisfaction. Another candle on your birthday cake doesn’t mean you’re not able to have sex anymore. Keep it up, and stay young—after all, age is just a number.
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