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11/19/03

A Healthy Exercise Alternative

For what it's worth, researchers at New York Cornell Medical Center say if you don't like exercise there is a healthy alternative to 15 minutes on the treadmill that can use the same amount of energy.

Dr. Barbara Bartlik, from Cornell University says that you can live longer if you have frequent sex. It gets both your blood pressure and pulse up for a short period of time. She says studies have shown that sex can reduce depression, relieve pain, reduce the risk of prostate cancer, and make you less vulnerable to colds and flu. And she says a study of 1,000 men showed those who had more frequent sex had half the death rate of men who had less sexual activity.

The physical activity involved in sex is only part of the answer. Doctor John Mulhall says psychological factors may be an even stronger factor for living longer. He says that if you look at people over 80 years of age, 40% of them are having sexual activity on a regular basis. Whether it's intercourse or other forms of sexual activity is not that important. That translates into better relationships and better ability to deal with medical problems. The Cornell researchers say women may also benefit from sex-induced hormonal changes.

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