Well, this time we are going to cover quite an intimate but intriguing topic, ladies and gents.
Interestingly enough, but if you keep at your sex life, then you are more likely to face such benefits as preventing heart diseases, the formation of cancerous tumors, headaches, and so forth.
However, not many of you know, but having a good sexual life also benefits one’s brain dramatically.
Regrettably, but based on the information provided by National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (1), we are not doing too well.
If we compare the modern statistics of the frequency of sexual activity with the one from twenty years ago, then we will see that unfortunately, we are having less sex now than we did back in a day (nowadays, we have sex less than five days a month, and twenty years ago we had sexual encounters six-and-a-half times a month.)
Recently, Canadian investigators (2) conducted an experiment, over the course of which it was concluded that during half-an-hour sexual activity, one could burn more calories when compared to the same amount of time of a walking-exercise on a treadmill.
As a result, Canadian investigators declared that sexy time could also be considered as the actual exercise time.
There was a study, where twenty-one couples aged from eighteen to thirty-five years old participated.
The participants were observed by using an armband in order to calculate both the intensity of activity and the number of active calories the participants burned.
On an average, the session lasted about twenty-five minutes.
The male part of participants burned around one-hundred calories, and the female group scored sixty-nine.
The intensity of the sexual activity was measured in METs, which is an abbreviation for the Metabolic Equivalent (3) of a task.
It turned out that the MET’s reading for men on the average session was six, and for women, it equaled to six-and-a-half.
Such MET’s results are about the same as when one is playing doubles tennis, hiking for about fifteen minutes, playing thirty-three minutes of golf on a driving range, engaging in forty minutes of yoga or performing nineteen minutes of light rowing.
Interestingly enough, the Canadian findings match with the past discoveries made by the British Heart Foundation (4), which proposed that thirty minutes of daily sex is as beneficial for one as walking the dog.
Admittedly, the past researches have shown that sexual routine can provide one with a whole lot of various benefits by blending a workout for both the heart and the lungs, thereby releasing the hormones that are capable of lowering stress levels and the production of new brain cells (5).
We have known for quite a long time that sex is pretty beneficial for the health; however, it is only in the past few decades that the matter of sexual activity stopped being perceived as a taboo, thereby making it easier for the investigators to do more researches in this regard.
More frequently, doctors became viewing sex as a resource which can increase one’s physical health and emotional well-being significantly.
However, unfortunately, sexual activity is not portrayed enough as an excellent form of exercise.
Speaking of the benefits the sexual activity provides our overall health, it does not just profit our heart and lungs.
In February of the year 2014, scientists at the University of Maryland in the U.S. (6) experimented with middle-aged rats, and over the course of that experiment, they discovered that in the process of mating those experimental rats produced more brain cells.
This happens due to the fact that during any sexual activity a process of neurogenesis occurs, which believed to restore brain functions which are lost as one begins to age.
Notably, the benefits were observed in the hippocampus, which is the region of one’s brain where new memories are being formed and stored.
As a result, the experimental rats have shown the improvement of their brain function (7) after long sessions of mating activity, especially in their hippocampus areas.
Believe it or not, but we experience this precious feeling of being overtaken as we orgasm for a tremendous amount of brain stimulus occurs during sexual activity.
Interestingly enough, when investigators performed MRI (8) scans on people’s brains as their sexual activities were coming to the logical conclusion, they observed that both sides of their brains were being stimulated, including those parts of the brain we would not regularly use.
Besides the obvious benefits of sexual activity, such as the decrease of stress, enhancement of cardiovascular health, improvement of sleep and physical intimacy between partners, there is also a substantive data which supports the concept that sex can also serve as an improvement of one’s intelligence, enhancement of one’s memory skills, and the overall development of the brain function.
By way of example, there was a research conducted by the University of Maryland on mice over the course of which it was proven the process of mating increases the creation of neurons located in the hippocampus (which is also an area of the brain, which is in charge of the formation of long-term memory) areas significantly!
As a result, when mice where restrained from the sexual activity, it led to the decrease in the intelligence of the hamsters.
Furthermore, the investigators in South Korea discovered that an act of a sexual affair appears to prevent the adverse effects that stress produces on both the memory and the brain.
Such a beneficial outcome seems to be associated with an increase in the number of nerves in the brain.
From here, such an increase is the main contribution to the enhancement of one’s mental acuity and memory capacity.
What is more, this development is mostly noted in twosomes who just fell in love with each other.
Nevertheless, the growth rate tends to decrease with time as the couple stays together.
These beneficial outcomes on the brain function do not appear to circumvent individuals of childbearing age forasmuch as there is evidence which implies that older adults are capable of decreasing the chance of developing dementia if they continue to be sexually active.
I believe that this is crucially important to mention that not every sexual activity is going to be beneficial for one’s brain.
If one decides to enjoy himself on his own merely, then he is more likely not to receive any benefits for his brain health as there is a difference of significance between an act of masturbation and an act of sexual activity.
Thus, when an individual is observing the pornographic or erotic videos only, then he is more likely to experience quite a limited experience without any beneficial factors in return.
Besides, there was a research conducted in the year 2013 on this matter, which mainly explored the way this limitation affects one’s brain.
The Journal of Sex Research published the study, over the course of which it was found that most individuals who were observing pornographic and erotic videos experienced problems with overall health and memory, such as missing sleep and forgetting essential meetings, which in its turn undoubtfully leads to negative consequences.
Assuredly, an act of a sexual affair is quite an underused tool, which affects both physical and emotional well-being in a very positive way.
Even if the sex session itself lasts for a short period of time, one is still more likely to face positive effects of the encounter.
Fortunately, the sexual encounters are becoming considered to be less taboo with every day, which makes it much easier for the investigators to do more studies in this regard.
In the latter end, it is all about combining the pleasant with the useful.