Four reasons why love and sex are good for your health - whether you’re single or in a relationship!

 Friendship, love and support in and out of sexual relationships can do wonders for our health and well being. From holding hands to a regular romp, getting closer to your favorite person is good for your health and mental wellbeing. Sex and friendship can help you live longer, contribute to good heart health and reduce stress, here’s four of the health benefits of sex and friendship.

 Friends help you live longer

Researchers aren’t sure why, perhaps because friends can help us make and stick to healthy lifestyle choices, but in a 10 year study of 1,500 people over the age of 70 they found those with stronger friendship networks lived longer than those with fewer friends

And the great thing is, it works both ways, meeting with a friend for a chat helps both of you live longer!

Sex counts as exercise

Sex increases your heart-rate and this peaks during orgasm at a rate similar to light exercise such as walking upstairs. A half hour of sexual play can use up to 100 calories, the same as are in a glass of wine.

Hugging for stress management

Hugging your partner can help both of you reduce your stress levels. Couples who held hands for 10 minutes and then hugged for 20 seconds were found to have healthier reactions to stress than those who rested quietly with no touching. Hugging also helped to lower heart rate and blood pressure.
 
Platonic touching was found to have a similar effect in women.

Sex reduces stress

Endorphins and the hormone oxytocin are released during the sex which make you feel good in the moment and may increase feelings of intimacy and bonding with your partner. Regular exposure to these hormones may have a long term effect of helping to reduce stress.

Now we know how great sex and intimacy is for our health, how can we bring more of it into our lives?

If you’re in a relationship use sex toys for couples to explore intimacy, build trust, enjoyment and variety into your sex life. When introducing sex toys to your partner take time to talk about your likes and dislikes,  be honest about what turns you on and what you want to experiment with. Choose your new adult toy together and don’t forget to buy lubes, condoms and toy cleaners too!

If you’re single using a vibrator or stimulator is a great way to give you more of those orgasmic oxytocin rushes that are so good for your health. Luxury vibrators are super stylish sex toys that stimulate through vibration and come in a huge range of sizes, colours and designs. Strokers and stimulators are for men who want to increase their enjoyment of masturbation.

Whichever toys you choose, enjoying yourself sexually is good for your health and mental wellbeing, so take some time to explore alone or with a partner to enjoy this amazing, life affirming experience.
 
 
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