Benefits of an Intimate Relationship

By: Susie Michelle Cortright

Would you rather run 75 miles or make love three times per week for a year? Research shows that both activities burn the same number of calories. (7,500 calories to be exact.)

Benefits of an Intimate Relationship
We often think that something that feels good can’t possibly be good for us. Now it’s time to think again. Here are 7 awesome benefits;

  • 1) Releases of oxytocin in women
    Oxytocin promotes feelings of affection and triggers that nurturing instinct.
  • 2) Encourages the flow of testosterone in men
    Which strengthens bones and muscles. Helps transport DHEA, a hormone that may be important in the function of the body’s immune system.

    Paul Pearsall, Ph.D., author of Superimmunity, also maintainsdaily intimacy in a loving relationship helps the immune system by increasing the flow of certain chemicals in the body.

  • 3) It's good for heart 
    When done daily, all these pounding on each other has similar benefits of regular exercise. Part of a good exercise means, you get improved cholesterol levels and increased circulation.
  • 4) Decreased prostate problems in men
    Men’s Health also reported that men who bonk at least three times each week may have a decreased risk of developing prostate problems.
  • 5) It releases endorphins
    Endorphins contribute to the runner’s high and diminishes pain levels.
  • 6) Live a longer live
    Dr. David Weeks, a clinical neuropsychologist at Scotland’s Royal Edinburgh Hospital, conducted a study of 3,500 people ranging in age from 18 to 102. Weeks concluded that sex actually slows the aging process.
  • 7) Feel Younger
    Intimacy gives you a feeling of security in a relationship. This leads to feeling happier, which could lead to greater health and a younger look.

In fact, many studies have shown that daily intimacy plays a key role in the health benefits of both partners. However a promiscuous relationship may actually produce an opposite effect by introducing a sense of anxiety and fear.

Making Love acts on the principal of 'use it or lose it.' So, for your heart, mind, and soul, the best advice may be to 'Just do it!'

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