Want to roll back the years? Sex could be the key to looking younger. There can be a number of reasons why people may find their libido not quite what it used to be - perhaps because of not connecting as well as before with a partner, or maybe feeling the need to shed a couple of pounds.
A new study has suggested that feeling 'passed it' or 'too old' should certainly not be a reason, suggesting that sex may actually help people to look younger.
A study led by Dr David Weeks, former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, has suggested that perhaps older members of society looking to turn back the clock may find that having regular sex makes them look as many as seven years younger.
We all know that exercise in all of its various forms comes highly recommended by medical professionals and the like. Some may forget, however, that sex carries many of the same benefits, in that it will raise the heart rate, which enormously helps blood circulation.
Sexual arousal on its own also sends your heart rate up, reaching its peak number of beats when you reach orgasm. Having an orgasm could therefore be said to be good for heart, if anything else.
Furthermore, it can require using a lot of muscles - sometimes fairly considerably; they don't call a long session a work-out for no reason!
Ergo, having sex can be counted as a form of exercise and people will reap the benefits just the same - feeling fitter, younger and sprightlier!
It could also have positive side effects, such as improving sleep, which will certainly give people more of a spring in their step.
Don't worry, be happy
Research has also shown that sex releases endorphins - sometimes known as happy hormones - which as an added bonus also act as a natural painkiller. While on its own this may not make you look years younger, feeling upbeat and happy will certainly make you feel it.
A survey of 3,000 Americans aged 57 to 85 - therefore, the upper range of the age spectrum - suggested that there was in fact a link between having an active sex life and rating your overall health as better than those who weren't. Therefore, having sex could actually lead to an improvement in your general sense of well-being, which could also help to roll back the years.
Age is just a number
As Dr Weeks said: "The stereotype of an elderly person is that when they get their pension and bus pass, they stop having sex and that’s not true."
There is no reason that your age should stop you from enjoying an active sex life. It could keep you healthy and leave you feeling - and looking - years younger.
"Sexual satisfaction is a major contributor to quality of life, ranking at least as high as spiritual or religious commitment and other morale factors, so more positive attitudes towards mature sex should be vigorously promoted," he continued.
Enjoy but be safe!
Sex is enjoyable as long as you are safe from stress and tension. You can avoid the tension of unwanted pregnancy or contraction of any sexual infection by using contraception. The most popular form is, of course, condom. So have happy sex with the safety net!