When one thinks of exercise, sex isn’t the first possible activity that leaps to mind. However, more research shows that regularly knocking boots with a partner can help maintain men’s health both short-term and long-term.
For example, research has shown that having sex once or twice a week can help improve the immune system, so you won’t get sick quite as often. “Moderately frequent sex enhances immune function, and may help prevent illnesses such as the common cold,” lead researcher Carl Charnetski told AARP.org.
The more often people have sex – both men and women – the lower their blood rate. In part, this may be due to the fact that it can help with relaxation. Intercourse is similar to deep massages. This kind of relaxation has been associated with lower pain, stress, depression and arthritis, the website reports.
Frequently getting down and dirty also protects your heart. A British study found that the more times a man had sex, the less likely he was to suffer a heart attack. A higher number of orgasms may also reduce the risk for prostate cancer, according to findings from The National Cancer Institute. Men who ejaculated 21 times a month or more were found to have a 33 percent lower chance of developing the condition than peers who reported ejaculating seven times a month.
AARP.org reports that sex is considered a “key element” to prolong longevity, especially when one takes into account the benefits of regularly engaging in the activity. However, it’s important to remember that knowing how to use a condom is another important part of intercourse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend using contraceptives each time one has sex to lower the risk for common STDs.