Forget the Gym! Hit the Sack!

Jan 04, 2010 • Culture

I love Britain.

Get this, according to an old article I found browsing the BBC for juiciness to offer you, the British National Health Service (NHS) devised a plan in 2006 to help people become more serious about their exercise routines. They called it: sexercise.

The article, which no longer appears to be available, stated, in part: “Forget about jogging round the block or struggling with sit-ups. Sex uses every muscle group, gets the heart and lungs working hard, and burns about 300 calories an hour.”

The BBC reported that NHS stressed sex because it is known to 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!

Despite criticism in the press, the NHS site, NHS Direct, told the Guardian the content of the article “Get more than zeds in bed” was “backed by science and clinical evidence” and “isn’t just a bit of fun.”

More nuggets from the piece:

  • Sex with a little energy and imagination provides a workout worthy of an athlete.
  • If you’re worried about wrinkles–orgasms even help prevent frown lines from deepening.
  • Regular romps this winter could lead to a better body and a younger look.
  • Increased production of endorphins make your hair shine and your skin smooth.
  • Orgasms release painkillers into the bloodstream, which helping keep mild illnesses like colds and aches and pains at bay.
  • The production of extra oestrogen and testosterone hormones will keep your bones and muscles healthy, leaving you feeling fabulous inside and out.

Pity they took the article down. Then again, we don’t really need a ton of reasons for having it. Sex feels good–go and have it.

Safely, of course.

Information from the BBC.