According to a recent study, the first thing Brits want to do when they get in from work is collapse in front of the sofa – instead of under the sheets with their partner.
The study of 2,700 adults by Weight Watchers discovered over half of Brits (51%) struggle to muster the energy for a romp with their other half – or any other type of exercise – as the thing they crave the most post-work is sleep.
After a long day at work, the majority of Brits are not only too knackered to have sex – they also can’t be bothered to socialise or chat to friends over the telephone, choosing texting over talking.
A third of people admit to turning down a night out with friends because the effort of getting ready was simply too much.
Nearly half of overworked and undersexed Brits cite ‘tiredness’ as the main reason for their sedentary, 'coach potato' behaviour once they get home.
“According to our research, more than 14 million adults are leading more inactive lifestyles than is healthy,” explains Zoe Hellman from Weight Watchers.
“The lack of motivation is putting people at risk of health issues later in life, including obesity and type 2 diabetes.”
If you work long hours and the idea of stripping off and getting busy under the sheets makes you yawn, maybe these health-boosting benefits of sex might kick-start your libido…
Besides being fun and pleasurable, sex also offers many health boosts many of us take for granted. Take a look at these surprise benefits of having regular sex...
According to research from <a href="http://www.wilkes.edu/pages/1.asp" target="_hplink">Wilkes University</a>, making love twice a week releases an antibody called immunoglobulin A or IgA, which helps protect the body from infections and illnesses. Other research suggests that frequent ejaculations in men reduces the risk of prostate cancer later in life. According to the <em><a href="http://www.bjui.org/default.aspx" target="_hplink">British Journal of Urology International</a></em>, men who ejaculate five or more times a week, had a lower risk of prostate cancer.
It doesn't take an expert to connect an energetic love making session with burning calories. Just thirty minutes of action under the sheets burns off around 85 calories. After 42 half-hour sessions, you could burn 3,570 calories, which is the equivalent of 1lb in weight. By having sex three times a week for a year, you could burn off the equivalent of 5lbs a year. Who needs a diet?!
During sex, a hormone called oxytocin is released when the body climaxes, which increases the level of endorphins that acts like natural a pain relief. This causes the body to relax. Many notice their aches and pains, like swelling, inflammation, headaches and menstrual cramps, disappear after sex and gradually improve with regular action.
Women who have regular orgasms are generally more relaxed, less depressed and mentally, physically and emotionally satisfied. Regular sex also helps the body sleep better as it relieves tension plus it helps the brain produce serotonin - the chemical that gives the body a 'mood' lift and is commonly found in antidepressants.
Regular sex releases a surge of plethora chemicals into the body, also known as the 'happy hormones', and they contain testosterone. As we age, the level of testosterone decreases, so the more sex you have, the more your hormone levels increases. This surge of hormone help keep bones and muscles healthy - plus it keeps skin looking plump and youthful. In women, regular sex also helps keep the pelvic floor muscles healthy, which decreases the chances of not-so-sexy incontinence later in life.
Or find out how to fight the post-work fatigue..
"We actually become stressed when we're dehydrated, particularly if alcohol is consumed, so aim for 1-2 litres a day; and cut back on caffeine which is an artificial form of adrenaline and can affect sleep patterns leaving you jittery and anxious - you should avoid caffeine altogether after 3pm." Sleep and Energy Coach at <a href="http://www.nightingalehospital.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Capio Nightingale Hospital</a>, <strong>Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan</strong>.
"Although many of us think we are eating healthy, that diet can make us fatigued. Most "healthy" meals are explained away as oatmeal for breakfast with fruit, lettuce with greens for lunch, brown rice with what ever for dinner. Those same people say they dont eat carbs. Let me make this quite clear..... fruits and vegetables and grains are carbohydrates. Start your day with a protein, eggs, cheese, yogurt, even almond butter and you wont crash thru out the rest of the day." <strong>Dr Eva Cwynar</strong>, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fatigue-Solution-Increase-Energy/dp/1848508131/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340970870&sr=1-1" target="_hplink"><em>The Fatigue Solution</em></a>.
"Have a handful of nuts mid-morning and mid-afternoon, the most common slump-times, to provide a lovely hit of protein to balance blood sugar levels. Raid the snack bowl of almonds, or hazelnuts, then add a piece of fruit for natural fructose for a natural energy boost." Director of <a href="http://www.vitality4life.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Vitality4Life</a>, <strong>Ricky Hay</strong>.
"Coffee can actually help boost your adrenal glands (which are burnt out in most of us and the main culpret for fatigue). Coffee, yes, good but only 1/2 cup and only in the morning. Most than that or at a different time puts your hormones into hydharmony and then just like many recreational drugs, we want more and more and it becomes less and less effective." <strong>Dr Eva Cwynar</strong>, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fatigue-Solution-Increase-Energy/dp/1848508131/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340970870&sr=1-1" target="_hplink"><em>The Fatigue Solution</em></a>.
"Don't stop moving! Make time to go and get some fresh air either for a run, jog or walk. Take full advantage of the sunnier weather and lighter evenings, wrap up to go outside and spend 5 minutes at the beginning of your day exercising and you will feel good for the rest of the day." Personal trainer, <a href="www.nuffieldhealth.com/Individuals/.../Ismail-K-M/" target="_hplink"><strong>Khalid Ismail</strong></a>.
"Eat breakfast every morning within 30 minutes of rising to kick start your energy and metabolism and minimise production of adrenaline - it also helps burn any extra calories consumed during the day more efficiently. This will give you bundles of energy to tackle to day ahead." Sleep and Energy Coach at <a href="http://www.nightingalehospital.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Capio Nightingale Hospital</a>, <strong>Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan</strong>.
"If you're a busy, working mum or person, you'll only have feelings of disappointment and stress if you have high expectations of your day ahead. To alleviate stress and anxiety, try to accept the fact that things will go wrong. "Kids may have a meltdown, dinner may not come out as perfectly as you hope, people may demand your time. Being prepared for imperfection can help reduce everyday stress." Life coach, <strong><a href="http://www.sophiadavis.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Sophia Davis</a></strong>.
"Recharge you batteries over by getting good rest and exercise, topping up good quality sleep with power naps if possible - research has shown that these naps re-balance the immune and nervous systems." Sleep and Energy Coach at <a href="http://www.nightingalehospital.co.uk/" target="_hplink">Capio Nightingale Hospital</a>, <strong>Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan</strong>.
"Green tea and ginseng tea are great energy boosters. Green tea contains antioxidant properties to fight free radicals." Health and Beauty Expert, <a href="http://www.tinarichards.com/" target="_hplink"><strong>Tina Richards</strong></a>.
"Stay away from artificial sweeteners. Sugar substitutes like stevia and zylitol are fine, even good for you, but compounds containing substances such as aspartame can ruin the integrity of your gut and create chaos. Digestion gets slowed, bloating occurs, bowel movements become chaotic and fatigue sets in. No diet drinks..... ever." <strong>Dr Eva Cwynar</strong>, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fatigue-Solution-Increase-Energy/dp/1848508131/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340970870&sr=1-1" target="_hplink"><em>The Fatigue Solution</em></a>.