The Lifelong Health Benefits of Intimacy

Much research has explored the mental and physical health benefits of maintaining social contacts well into later life. Studies also show that maintaining sexual health can have profound benefits that may include slowing down the aging process.

Besides the exercise value of sex, research has found that sexual pleasure and intimacy may help ease everyday aches and pains, with effects that can last for a few days.

Having frequent sex can boost your mood and even lead to a better outlook when you’re at work the next day — increasing both your job satisfaction and engagement.

Add heart health to the list. A study of men in their 50s published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that having sex at least