Survey Says: Hydration Trumps Sex

Drinking enough water is more important than having enough sex, women report in survey.

Woman having breakfast

When it comes to health, drinking the recommended daily amount of water is more important to women than having enough sex, according to a national survey conducted by our magazine. When asked to prioritize behaviors related to their overall health and well being, women ranked drinking enough water fifth and sex seventh on the list. More than 1,000 women participated in the nationwide Women’s Wellness Survey, which polled their opinions on healthy living, eating, and exercise.

Respondents ranked the following behaviors in terms of importance to overall health and well being. Their priorities may surprise you:

  1. Getting enough sleep
  2. Keeping stress level low
  3. Finding time to relax
  4. Eating healthfully
  5. Drinking the recommended amount of water
  6. Finding time to exercise
  7. Having enough sex

Other key findings include:

This report is based on a blind online study conducted among a randomly selected sample of U.S. women age 25+. The data in this report is based on 1020 competed questionnaires. The maximum margin of error is +/- 3% at the 95% confidence level.

August 2009

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