Sexercise: A Better Workout


As a study shows sex burns as many calories as exercise, Dr Brooke Magnanti says you’ll have to up your game to ‘porn star levels’ to work off the calories.

The fact that at 90 calories per roll in the day sex burns about as much as a slow-ish 15 minute jog will no doubt surprise many, who believe that a brisk warm-up on the treadmill in the first month of the year burns the equivalent of a Sunday roast dinner with all the trimmings. The dirty secret of the exercise industry is that, in fact, you have to do a lot of exercise to lose weight by that method alone. Example rowing: done correctly, this blasts about 700 calories an hour.

And every second is pure agony that can only be lessened by joining an actual rowing club and taking up the sport to the level that rowing sprints in the gym feel like blissful relaxation in comparison. Been there, done that, got knocked out of Henley in the first round. And your ass was exactly the same size afterwards.

Exercise is for improving quality of life, not shedding pounds. Fitness is not measured by calories and a number on a scale. It’s about getting out and doing more of the stuff you love, whatever your shape. If your version of fitness is having rampant sex, be happy! You’re doing it right. Scientists have discovered that staying in bed could be just as beneficial. Researchers found that sex can be as beneficial as many forms of exercise and admit that participants are likely to find it more enjoyable. Men on average burn 120 calories during lovemaking while women lose around 90, the equivalent of a brisk uphill walk, a game of doubles tennis or a 15 minute jog. And at peak times men were found to burn as many calories as running for 30 minutes on a treadmill.

Scientists from the University of Quebec in Canada recruited 20 heterosexual couples, aged 18 to 35, to have sex once a week for a month. The couples were instructed to perform their usual sexual activities and not to use drugs, alcohol or medication for erectile dysfunction such as Viagra.

The subjects, who were also asked to jog on a treadmill for 30 minutes, were fitted with armbands to measure how much energy they were expending and fill in questionnaires to record their enjoyment.

The results showed most participants (98%) felt sex was more pleasant compared to the treadmill and 81% reported a high level of personal pleasure.

And at peak times men were found to burn as many calories as running for 30 minutes on a treadmill. Moreover, both men and women reported that sexual activity was a highly enjoyable and more appreciated than the 30 minutes of exercise. This study could have implications for the planning of intervention programs as part of a healthy lifestyle by health care professionals.

“Sexually active people take fewer sick days,” says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD a sexual health expert.

“Sexual activity is an important and relevant activity to human life and appears to impact on the mental, physical and social health as well as the quality of life of the individual,” said Miss Frapier. Considering that sexual activity may be one of the most regularly practiced activities throughout an individual’s life time.

People who have sex have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders. Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of the a certain antibody compared to students who had sex less often. Having regular sex will make sex better and will improve your libido,” says Lauren Streicher, MD. She is an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago it also Improves Women’s Bladder Control. A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence, something that will affect about 30% of women at some point in their lives. Good sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them.

You don’t need a scientist to tell you that sex can be a full-tilt, sweat-drenched workout. But how many calories does a good romp really burn? In a recent study, researchers at the University of Québec at Montréal measured energy expended during sex versus running, and found that we get our hearts pumping and muscles cranking enough during sex for it to be considered moderate exercise.

Sex is also credited with reducing period cramps and chronic pain – although both would put many people off having it. Saying “not tonight, I’ve got a headache” may also not be a medically valid reason for refusing: more than one study shows that it might relieve headaches, although it’s less reliable than tablets.

Sex may also reduce stress – a small study looking at the relationship between sex in the two-week period before stressful events found that people who had had intercourse showed the smallest rise in blood pressure when dealing with these events.

Sex is an indicator of good health as well as contributing to it. But the research generally suggests more is not necessarily better and that quality is what matters

Forget the gym, SEXERCISE is the best way to slim: Making love burns almost as many calories as a 30-minute jog If you want to lose weight after the excesses of the Christmas period, you may be better off heading for the bedroom rather than the gym. Making love really does count as significant exercise, scientists say.



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