Sexual Health as Part of an Employee Wellness Program??? Yes
Sexual health – A very important member of the Corporate Happy Place – but absurdly “shushed” up!
- Happy people, perform better at work
- A July 2015 study from the University of Warwick concluded “”We find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings.” Happy employees average a 12% spike in productivity while unhappy employees tend to be 10% less productive.
- We all can also agree that a good sex life is a critical aspect of a relationship. I will quote Dr. Phil here: “When sex is good it’s about 10% of the marriage. When it is not, it is about 90% of the marriage”. It might see obvious, but there are numerous studies that demonstrate the importance of “happy coupling” to employee productivity. This is why here at Best in Corporate Health we strongly encourage the participation of spouses in all of our wellness programs – at no extra cost.
Yes. Providing physiological facts about building sexual health should be a part of employee health programs. A 2014 study (University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy) concluded over half of men with erectile dysfunction do not discuss it with their physician and have a decreased HRQoL (health related quality of life) and a significantly higher impairment on work productivity.
Amongst the mayhem stress causes in the body is its detrimental impact on the hippocampus in the brain. Stress interferes with neurogenesis – the building of fresh nervous tissue – which ultimately leads to anxiety and mood disorders. Sex can reduce the negative effects of stress on hippocampal function, reducing anxiety.
Studies show sex can lower blood pressure, can be a cardio respiratory workout, the body releases endorphins, and most of all – we feel better.
Stress can interfere with sexual function, so in a wellness process – we have to break the vicious circle: We all should be aware that sexual dysfunction in both men and women can be a symptom of other health issues and chronic illnesses.
- endocrine disorders, including diabetes
- Certain medications – including SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors – antidepressants – a bit of a double edge sword again as we know erectile dysfunction can lead to depression, diuretics, beta blockers….a long list of potential culprits
- Neurological disorders
- heart issues such as high blood pressure and clogged arteries compromising circulation
- PELVIC PAIN; – a huge issue for both men and women – and most definitely be a symptom of other illnesses
- Obesity: To quote my very favourite urological surgeon, Dr. Andrew Siegel, “fatal
retraction” With every 10 pounds of excess body fat the penis “hides” more and more. We know fat cells are metabolically active, and the hormones they secrete disrupt healthy hormonal activity.
One must always seek the advice of a physician – it is irresponsible to accept sexual dysfunction is just that – a thorough assessment must be performed.
The great news is there is much we can do to better our sexual function, and this is the first line response to resolving sexual problems. With all the wonderful health benefits of a healthy sex life – of course sexual wellness should be included in employee health programs. Addressing these issues in a non threatening program aka fun), we can give a great deal of insight, “normalcy” to the sensitive issue, supporting confidence to address the issue with the health care provider.
Sexual function is widely accepted as a very important part of our health. Sexual dysfunction is strongly linked to depression and anxiety, low self esteem, sometimes other medical disorders, lower perceived quality of life, and a substantial loss in productivity. Our sexual health webinar discusses lifestyle techniques, specific exercises, food, stress release……and yes how to talk to the physician. A physician will always instruct a patient to improve lifestyle to improve sexual health. These practices can dramatically improve the health and productivity, and most certainly the HRQoL and self esteem for individual and workplace! The Corporate Happy Place!
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Chief Health Enthusiast – Best In Corporate Health
- Shira is regularly consulted by Naturopaths, oncologists, health coaches on cancer exercise and exercise adherence.
- Has assembled over 20 health and fitness professionals with varying specialties to bring to corporate wellness programs
- Platforms include: Speaking, One-one/group health coaching, Retreats, Course development for in house delivery, Metrics to measure success available, Partners always included
- Now offering live interactive webinars, just as if each participant has a personal health coach – making corporate wellness programs affordable to all.
- Shira has been interviewed & published in hundreds of resources over the last 12 years:
Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),
Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer
Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise
Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer
Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio
BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations