Not only is sex fun and pleasurable but it is also good for heart health.  Here is a few ways sex can benefit your mind, body, and heart. 

Sex counts as cardio.  During sex, you can burn 3 calories per minute and is the equivalent of jogging a 20-minute mile.  In order to maintain good heart health, the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Like any aerobic activity, sex strengthens your heart, lowers your blood pressure, and reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes. Despite the benefits of a quick romp in the sheets, it shouldn’t replace your regular workout routine. 

Sex can actually reduce your risk of a heart attack.  Despite the movie cliche of people having a heart attack during sex, studies found that having sex twice a week or more lowered the risk of heart attack compared to those who had sex once a month or less. 

It reduces stress.  Sex can help relieve stress by releasing feel-good hormones and endorphins that boost mood and help you relax.  Chronic stress can negatively affect mental health which is associated with a higher risk of a heart attack. 

It helps you sleep better. According to the National Sleep Foundation, having an orgasm causes a release of the hormone prolactin.  Prolactin helps you relax and sleep. 64% of people report sleeping better after having an orgasm.  Poor sleep has been linked with elevated blood pressure, obesity, and a higher risk of heart disease.

Good heart health can certainly start between the sheets but should never replace eating healthy, staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and managing stress.