Sex should be considered a significant exercise for burning calories – Reasearch suggests that almost two thirds of women who do own gym memberships said they were happier to carry out such activities as having sex and even doing the vacuuming if they thought it would burn as many calories as a traditional workout.
A half-hour session of lovemaking will burn about 150 to 250 calories, and even up to 350 calories, depending on just how active you are.
Simply kissing for an hour burns over 200 calories – equivalent to three HobNob biscuits.
According to the NHS Direct website, sexercise can lower the risk of heart attacks and help people live longer. If you’re worried about wrinkles – orgasms even help prevent frown lines from deepening. Doctors claim endorphins released during orgasm stimulate immune system cells, which also helps target illnesses like cancer, as well as wrinkles (so it states) Due to the sensitive nature of sexuality, however, it will probably take a while before GP’s start advising their patients to have more sex.
Still, if you struggle to schedule a fitness routine in your daily life, a workout under the sheets maybe a very good idea – you could even think of it as healthy multitasking. “Sexercise” has many health benefits; it releases feel good hormones and endorphins that lower stress levels, it improves overall mood and it fights off depression. It also improves the immune system and contributes to better health overall. An important point is to make sure you are an active participant, by alternating sex positions so that each partner gets an even workout.
Some exercises create an increase in pelvic vascularity which means more blood flow in the pelvic area that can lead to clitoral and vaginal sensations, possibly resulting in orgasm. The endorphin rush often experienced at the gym can also add to feelings of euphoria and pleasure. The most common types are abdominal exercises, weightlifting, yoga, cycling, climbing poles or ropes, or sitting on exercise balls.
Have any of you gym enthusiasts ever experienced this unexpected side effect? I’d love to hear your responses.