We adopt these classic resolutions year after year in an attempt to lead a happier and healthier life — but rarely keep 'em because the work involved definitely makes us less than happy.
We found the one thing that will help you meet all of your resolutions — all while bringing you lots of pleasure. We're talking, of course, about sex. Getting it on will help you tackle pretty much every resolution on your list — from losing weight to battling stress. No early morning gym class or meditation session required.
Here, seven reasons sex is the only resolution you need in 2016.
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Sex Helps You Get More Sleep
Though turning off our devices in an attempt to get more sleep can be a total bummer, turning on our bedside partners for the same purpose definitely is not. "Endorphins released during orgasm can help induce sleep by relaxing the mind and the body," according to "Why Women Have Sex" co-authors Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss. "But probably more important, during orgasm the hormone prolactin is released -- and there is a strong link between that hormone and sleep."
Just make sure the sex itself isn't snooze-worthy since you need to reach orgasm in order to reap prolactin's sleep-inducing benefits. On the flip side, your lovemaking shouldn't be so exciting that you're getting your heart rate up, which will actually energize you.
Sex Makes You Younger
Instead of stocking up on anti-aging products, try turning back the clock by getting busy. In a study conducted at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland, participants who had sex an average of three times a week were perceived to be seven to 12 years younger than their actual age. (And here we thought the only beauty benefit was tousled hair.) Regular sex leads to the release of hormones like estrogen, which helps promote things like healthy hair and nails and human growth hormone, which helps with skin elasticity.
All that, and it's free? So long, fancy facialist. We'll stick with sex from now on, thanks.
Sex Counts as Exercise
Try getting on top for a more heart-pumping session that will also help engage and tone your thighs, glutes and ab muscles.
Sex Keeps the Doctor Away
Research shows that individuals who get some on the regular -- we're talking a mere one to two times a week -- rarely need to reach for that bottle of NyQuil. That's because serial shaggers have a higher level of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that protects the body from cold viruses. Moreover, according to WebMD, getting it on helps lower your risk of heart disease and balances hormone production.