In my previous article, I promised my upcoming submission would demonstrate the fitness benefits of masturbation. At the time I believed that with little effort I would find scientific articles proving my hypothesis – masturbation can improve your health in similar ways to exercise. Much to my frustration, I came across no such articles.
However, while there is no official research done on the topic, my own reading indicates that the benefits of masturbation are extremely similar to those of physical exercise. Below is an outline of some of the similarities between these two worthwhile activities. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
After leaving the gym, how do you feel? Proud, satisfied, optimistic? Less stressed and better able to concentrate? Do you feel connected to and aware of your body? Perhaps more self-confident? How about after masturbating?
- Exercising can produce endorphins; pleasure hormones that make you feel contented and even euphoric. There’s quite a bit of research investigating the value of physical activity for treating depression, due to this neurotransmitter.
- Masturbation stimulates the release of a number of similar neurotransmitters, including endorphins, that leave you feeling happy and sensitive to touch. The result is an identical feeling of euphoria, optimism and self-satisfaction.
- Sexual arousal during masturbation raises levels of prolactin significantly, causing a hormonal feedback loop that can inhibit the desire for food consumption.
- Exercise also stimulates a rise in the level of prolactin in your body, often resulting in temporary appetite suppression.
- Exercise helps to reduce levels of the hormone cortisol in your body, a chemical associated with stress that also builds fat in the abdominal region.
- Many women also demonstrate a lowered level of cortisol after masturbating and solo sex is widely accepted as a form of stress relief.
Just like exercise, masturbation allows you to apply mental energy to the functions of your body, allowing you to put aside thoughts of work or school or trouble at home and focus on kinesthetics. Sometimes, this distraction is all we need!