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Is Masturbation a Form of Exercise? You Be the Judge

By Hannah Cutts
 
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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!

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Anonymous

I have more than a few friends who love it and swear by it for their health. Some people just cannot or do not exercise as much as they should and so masturbation allows them to fill in the gasps and keep in shape. Acceptance of masturbation as normal, healthy, necessary, has grown in the last 20 years. It no longer has the stigma of generations past and so is practiced and enjoyed more than ever before. And so using masturbation in this way, for health, is nothing to be ashamed and should be encouraged.

June 12, 2014 - 6:43am
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Anonymous

I masturbate all the time and yes I would say it's a great workout!

April 18, 2014 - 12:45am
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Anonymous

Awesome, i masturbate and cycle all the time, food is also another important thing so eat lots of greens, and you will be a porn star. Mind clear easy to focus. a good night sleep and change it up!!! masturbate 1st then cycle.

May 9, 2013 - 12:11pm
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Anonymous

Ok, valid point made in the article, but I wouldn't recommend supplementing actual exercise with masturbation. We live in a gyroscopic world, we must be balanced, everything in moderation. I appreciate your enthsiasm for self pleasure but I thk your article could have been a bit more responsible in terms of cautioning your readers to not supplement their workout with masturbation. Yes self pleasure so to speak has many benefits. But ancient
Oriental wisdom warns that one should deplete their sexual fluids as this may result in health issues. Great article, needs centuries of research h t

March 21, 2012 - 12:10pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

lol, In no way shape or form is this article recommending Masturbation as a form of Cardiovascular Exercise replacement/supplement. It is merely pointing out the similarities.

May 26, 2013 - 11:45am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Just correcting a mistake in my text above, these are the downfalls of cellphones. anyway. Correction: ''Oriental wisdom warns that one should NOT deplete their sexual fluids as this may result in health issues.'' end quote

One Should NOT deplete their sexual fluids with excessive masturbation. Once a month is recommended.

March 21, 2012 - 12:30pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

Very interesting artical and you have made me feel much less guilty about masturbating. What made me wonder is the fact that I get aching in the muscles in my thighs and groan so it must be doing something

March 7, 2012 - 4:44pm
healthy.me

Great topic and is worth investigating

January 18, 2012 - 8:30pm
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Anonymous

A mechanically inclined friend and I are working on the prototype for a pedal-powered masturbation machine. So basically, an exercise bike with a dildo attached. We have the design and we're working on a thrusting mechanism, so, double the pleasure, double the fun. ;D

October 26, 2011 - 10:53am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Huhh??? Sorry but that's just way tooo weird.

January 18, 2012 - 5:24pm
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