Sexy health alert! Hugging, holding hands, getting a massage and getting busy between the sheets all fall into the same category: HEALTH. Two of America’s favorite touchy pastimes are proven to improve your wellbeing. So, if you spent your days doing nothing but getting massages and having sex (preferably with a partner), it turns out you’d be doing yourself a big service. A story posted on CNN greater supports the evidence noting that a kneading massage or a bedroom romp can lower blood pressure and heart rate, increase immune function and even relieve pain.

Guest Contributor Healing Lifestyles & Spas delivers more healthy nuggets in this review of Stay Young: 10 Proven Steps to Ultimate Health by physicians Mark Anderson and Walter Gaman, and writer Judith Gaman:

No one’s trying to sell you a mythical fountain of youth in this inspiring book, authored by physicians Mark Anderson and Walter Gaman, and writer Judith Gaman. Numerous studies have shown that sex boosts body image and of course increases the bond between partners, but now we’re being told in the book Stay Young that having the Big O may help you live longer and healthier! Part book, part personal journal—with sections to be filled in with personal health and lifestyle information—it’s organized to guide readers through ten steps designed to reduce stress, access inner spirituality, eat healthier and exercise better and more frequently. Our favorite steps? Go to the Spa, and Have Sex Often! Fun Fun! Sex can boost your immune system, reduce stress, and keep you trim and healthy to boot. Studies show that for men, ejaculating more than five times a week can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. “Your sexuality is part of your general health—if you don’t use it, you will lose it,” claims sex educator and internationally best-selling author Lou Paget. So go to the spa, and have sex often!

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