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Men's Health: Great Sex at Any Age SECTION 1 - Sex 101
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10 Best Cities for Healthy Sex

Find out where men and women are really satisfied with their sex lives.
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  • Who's Having Great Sex?
    Who's Having Great Sex?

    Who's Having Great Sex?

    Sex was one of the factors we considered in the RealAge 2012 Youngest & Oldest Cities in America Report. That's because a great sex life has some anti-aging benefits. "Sexual activity has only a limited effect on RealAge," says RealAge Chief Medical Officer Keith Roach, MD. "But everyone seems to be interested in it." What qualifies as great nookie is different for men and women, so the best cities for sex are different for each.

  • Great Sex for Men
    Great Sex for Men

    Great Sex for Men

    For men, great sex is defined by how frequently you have orgasms. Regular ejaculation is good for your prostate and reduces your risk of prostate cancer. Research suggests that men who have two or more orgasms a week live 3.6 days longer than guys who have fewer. That might not sound like much, but if you can add 3 happy, sexually satisfying days on to your life -- why wouldn't you?

  • Great Sex for Women
    Great Sex for Women

    Great Sex for Women

    For a woman, satisfying sex comes down to how often she reaches orgasm during sex. A satisfying sex life can make a woman's RealAge up to 3 months younger. Why? Orgasms are great stress relief. The surge of hormones (especially oxytocin) produced during arousal and orgasm leaves a woman calm and relaxed. The increase in heart rate and blood flow after climax is good for all her organs and circulatory system.

  • 1. San Diego, CA and Knoxville, TN
    1. San Diego, CA and Knoxville, TN

    1. San Diego, CA and Knoxville, TN

    When it comes to sex, "men from San Diego and women from Knoxville seem to have the best results," says Dr. Roach. "Where are they getting together?" San Diego was our third best city overall for staying young, so perhaps a healthy lifestyle helps make it tops for sex for men. But the best city for sex for women surprised us: Knoxville, which topped our list of cities with the oldest RealAge. Knoxville's ladies prove that being stressed, sleepless, and cynical shouldn't get in the way of a satisfying sex life. (But it doesn't hold true for Knoxville's men. The city is the eighth worst for the guys who want a healthy sex life.)

  • 2. Miami, FL and Tampa, FL
    2. Miami, FL and Tampa, FL

    2. Miami, FL and Tampa, FL

    Things are muy caliente down in The Sunshine State. Is it the romantic beach sunsets that make Florida such a sexy state among our RealAge cities? Miami-Fort Lauderdale is the second-best city for sex for men, while the ladies are very satisfied in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater.

  • 3. Las Vegas, NV and Miami, FL
    3. Las Vegas, NV and Miami, FL

    3. Las Vegas, NV and Miami, FL

    Las Vegas has a number of aging factors, including high unemployment, lack of health insurance, sleepless nights, and unhappy marriages. But the guys are getting lucky, so the city is number three for best sex for men. For women, Miami is the third-best city for sex. It's also number two for men, which makes Miami one of the best city match-ups between the sheets.

  • 4. San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA
    4. San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA

    4. San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA

    California is another state where men and women are getting plenty of action. San Francisco, our top city with the youngest RealAge, is the fourth-best city for sex for men. Its SoCal sister, Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, takes that honor for women. Plenty of exercise, a good diet, and not smoking help residents of both cities nourish that lovin' feelin'.

  • 5. Providence, RI and Houston, TX
    5. Providence, RI and Houston, TX

    5. Providence, RI and Houston, TX

    An active sex life is a health highlight for men in Providence-Fall River-Warwick, which ranks 24th overall among our youngest cities. In Houston, perhaps the ladies have the hot-steamy weather (perfect for bearing more skin) or all those handsome urban cowboys to thank for making this Texas town the fifth best city for sex for women.

  • 6. Boston, MA and Orlando, FL
    6. Boston, MA and Orlando, FL

    6. Boston, MA and Orlando, FL

    For men, the sixth-best city for sex -- Boston -- is right in line with its overall ranking as the sixth-best city for staying young. (But Bean Town's boys could be doing a better job because Boston is also the seventh worst city for sex for women.) Satisfying sex lives help Orlando claim honors as the sixth-best city for women.

  • 7. Austin, TX and Sacramento, CA
    7. Austin, TX and Sacramento, CA

    7. Austin, TX and Sacramento, CA

    Austin residents have the least stress among RealAge Cities, which -- for the men, at least, also makes this the seventh-best city for sex. It probably doesn't hurt that Austin is the live music capitol of the world. The right tunes can reduce stress -- and every cowboy knows music is key for setting a sexy mood. For women, the honor of best city for sex goes to Sacramento, which proves there's a lot more than politics going on in California's Capitol.

  • 8. New York, NY and Providence, RI
    8. New York, NY and Providence, RI

    8. New York, NY and Providence, RI

    Going against "Sex and the City" stereotypes, it's the men who are getting lucky in New York. (Samantha Jones's wild sex life aside, the Big Apple ranked 27th for sex for the ladies.) But residents in Providence are in sync between the sheets. It takes the number 8 spot for sex for women and fifth spot for men.

  • 9. Orlando, FL and Las Vegas, NV
    9. Orlando, FL and Las Vegas, NV

    9. Orlando, FL and Las Vegas, NV

    In ninth place, sex in Orlando is nearly as good for the men as it is for the women (for women, it came in at number six). Maybe that's why Orlandons aren't getting as much sleep as they should. Coming in at number nine for women is Las Vegas, another city where residents appear to be well matched -- at least when it comes to sex. Las Vegas is among the top 10 best cities for sexually-healthy men, too.

  • 10. Denver, CO and San Diego, CA
    10. Denver, CO and San Diego, CA

    10. Denver, CO and San Diego, CA

    Denver is our number ten best city for sex for men. Here, an uber-healthy lifestyle is linked to a happy sex life, at least for the guys -- and it's also our number five city for staying young. For women, though, the Mile-High City is a ho-hum 37th when it comes to sex. Healthy habits, including an optimistic outlook, help make sunny San Diego the 10th best city for sex for women.