Physical exercise is one of the cornerstones of an active and healthy lifestyle but it doesn’t often come naturally… Or does it? If you take sex with a human partner into account, then yes it does!

Sex in itself is a form of physical exercise and one that is almost universally loved and stimulating. While it’s ill-advised to replace your workout routine entirely with sex (unless of course you have the drive, stamina and time to do it once or twice a day :-P), your hot and steamy sessions can count toward your weekly exercise targets and give you a plethora of other benefits. Sex is good for our health, burns calories, makes us happy and can be a tool to build rewarding relationships.

Physical activity is an important part of maintaining a healthy weight, losing weight and keeping extra weight off once lost. The US Department of Health and Human Services or HSS recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week and, as unbelievable as it seems, a healthy sex life can contribute towards your achieving this goal. Sex is a moderate intensity exercise as it can elevate heart rate as high as 180 beats per minute. For reference, a heart rate between 85 and 119 bpm counts as moderate intensity exercise for a 50 year old individual.

In 2013, Prof. Antony D. Karelis — along with colleagues from the Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada — studied exactly how many calories we burn when we get hot and steamy by studying 21 heterosexual couples, aged between 18 and 35.

The couples were asked to have sex once per week for a period of 4 weeks, while wearing an activity tracker that allowed researchers to calculate how much energy they spent each time. Men burned on average 101 calories and women 69 calories when they had sex. Extremes of as high as 300+ or less than 20 calories were also observed. The average intensity was higher than walking but lower than jogging, putting it firmly in the category of moderate-intensity exercise.

Sex as a form of exercise:

Is More Appealing than the Gym! Keeping at it longer, going at it more vigorously or a combination of both can increase your total calorie burn.

Regulates Food Intake! Oxytocin levels spike when we have sex and apart from making us feel loved and happy, the hormone has also consistently been shown in tests to reduce caloric consumption.

In no way is sex a replacement for a good and consistent exercise routine, however, it can most certainly complement a well thought out fitness plan. Sex has many health benefits and unlike a gym visit you don’t have to leave the room to make it happen. So if you’ve been skimping on your workouts, maybe you should consider enjoying some intimacy with your partner. 😉

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