SKIN Reporter: The Perks of Getting Physical


No time to hit the gym? No worries. Hitting the sheets has more health and beauty benefits than you might have realized. Here are 6 sexy reasons to get frisky tonight:



The next time you are thinking of passing on sex due to a migraine attack, you might want to give this Nature’s morphine a shot. Nearly half of the female migraine sufferers at the Headache Clinic at Southern Illinois University study felt relief after climaxing. Release of opiate-like endorphins increases your body’s pain threshold and alleviates the pounding headache.



Here’s to the natural antidote to aging: Adding some O’s to your beauty routine 3 times a week may shave approximately 7 years off your physical appearance! In a study at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, subjects in their 40s who reported having an average of 50 percent more sex than a typical person were judged to look years younger than their biological age by a panel from behind a one-way mirror. A surge in the DHEA adrenal hormones is thought to ignite a youthful glow and activate collagen replenishment to promote soft smooth skin, as well as add a healthy shiny to hair.



There’s nothing sexy about the sniffles. But those who got hot once to twice a week seems to enjoy a boost in their immune system, with a 30 percent increase in infection-fighting IgA antibodies found in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts – found a study by Wilkes University, Pennsylvania.

Point to note: As with everything in life, moderation is key. Research subjects who were very busy romping (more than 3 times a week) had lower levels of the antibody than those who had less. Scientists believe that chemicals released during orgasm enhance immune functions, while excess of the chemicals suppresses your defense mechanism.



It is a well-known fact that the horizontal mambo is a classic cardio workout to combat those love handles and shape up your ticker, torching 70 to 200 calories every 30 minutes. Plain smooching will have you kiss off 2 to 6 calories per minute as well.

A study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy found that people who were active between their sheets an average of 12 times per month had greater heart rate variability. A higher HRV may lower your risk of developing heart disease. Similarly, a study by Queens University in Belfast found that Vitamin S 3 times a week halved the risk of heart attack and stroke in men.



On top of literally saving you from a broken heart, having fond memories of your sexual life may lengthen a woman’s lifespan by 4 years, according to data from the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. A fulfilling sexual relationship also staves off anxiety and depression, helps you manage life’s stressors better, and improves sleep, thanks to a surge of oxytocin and prolactin hormones.



Give your guy a hand. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the more he ejaculates, the less likely he is to develop prostate cancer. At the same time, shagging him tones your pelvic muscles that support your uterus and bladder, which adds up to better pee control and less problems of stress incontinence (a common issue troubling ladies later in their lives).


–          By Gene Yeo