NHS website says fun between the sheets can help you live longer
Forget about the treadmill, the NHS has some new advice for people struggling to schedule a fitness routine into their daily lives – a workout in the bedroom.
According to the NHS Direct website, ‘sexercise’ can lower the risk of heart attacks and helps people live longer. Endorphins released during orgasm stimulate immune system cells, which also helps target illnesses like cancer, as well as wrinkles, it states.
The advice, published under the headline ‘Get more than zeds in bed’ says that sex with a little energy and imagination provides a workout worthy of an athlete.
Sexual health experts said such claims could not be scientifically proven. ‘Yes, there is evidence that sex has benefits for mental wellbeing,’ said Dr Melissa Sayer, ‘but to say there is a link with reduced risk of heart disease and cancer is taking the argument too far.’
NHS Direct, however, said that the content was ‘backed by science and clinical evidence’ and ‘isn’t just a bit of fun’. The article goes on to say that orgasms release ‘painkillers’ into the bloodstream, which helping keep mild illnesses like colds and aches and pains at bay.
In addition, the production of extra oestrogen and testosterone hormones ‘will keep your bones and muscles healthy, leaving you feeling fabulous inside and out’.