Hey, how many of you enjoy intimate time with your partner? Most of you? Good for you! How about sex? Guess what; if you said “yes” to both, then have I some great news for you; showing your affection for your partner is not only just good for your mood, but will absolutely impact your health as well in a good way.
A brief hug and ten minutes
of hand-holding will so
significantly reduce stress
that people report
feeling great throughout the day.
You have heard me mention this before; it mainly comes down to oxytocin. This unique hormone is linked to a number of positive physiological reactions including pain relief, and also pair bonding which is what makes something as simple as a hug such a reassuring and satisfying act. So reassuring, in fact, that the American Psychosomatic Society reported that a brief hug and ten minutes of hand-holding will so significantly reduce stress that people report feeling great throughout the day.
“No-touching” time together
with your romantic partner
helps to you feel more
lowers your blood pressure as well.
This comes as great news for couples, especially considering that we’re less than one week away from Valentine’s Day. Let’s face it; like no other, Valentine’s Day is a great time of year for touching. Take my advice and treat your relationship and your personal health to these following activities for all the best reasons.
According to a study by the State University of New York at Oswego, just spending “no-touching” time together with your romantic partner helps to you feel more relaxed and lowers your blood pressure as well. This finding supports previous studies by other research groups that indicate fewer instances of heart disease among married people.
Since we are on the subject of communication, how many of you are aware that cuddling (sometimes called “endurance hugging”) is an effective way to communicate your feelings to your partner when you can’t say the words? Cuddling, “non-verbal communication,” can be a very powerful way to say to your partner, “I get you.” Also, you get the release of that fabulous oxytocin, which makes the feelings of closeness you both share even stronger.
Some good deep kissing not only raises your levels of oxytocin and serves to reduce stress, but for some curious reason, kissing also helps to keep your mouth clean. When you kiss, you’re also flushing bacteria and plaque away from your teeth. So brush, floss, rinse, and don’t forget to kiss!
The health-related reasons to be enjoying more sex are numerous, so much so that some physicians recommend 200 orgasms a year to reap the greatest benefits. And what benefits they are! Not only will a romp in the sheets burn off a couple of hundred calories, it also bolsters your immune system, making you more resistant to colds and the flu, not to mention the added bonus of improving your sleep patterns.
When you kiss, you’re also
and plaque away from your teeth.
Since you are adding some extra intimacy to your fitness routine, don’t forget about diet and exercise, namely, foods and workouts that bolster and enhance your sexual interest and performance. Check out the foods that can increase your libido, as well as some suggestions of workout moves for better lovemaking, and enjoy yourself!
I hope after reading this that you have some food for thought and have found out some more things that your mother didn’t tell you. Being intimate is good for your health!
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Frank Hopkins is a life coach in Baton Rouge who is certified as a Professional Coach (CPC) by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Frank has helped numerous people to go through emotional change in a way that is positively transformative.