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A steamy session between the sheets can be a great workout. Here’s how

Published on:10 October 2020, 15:32pm IST
Sex is considered a great exercise and can help you burn some calories! So, how about getting into the sheets to burn those extra kilos?
Shreya Gupta
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Wouldn’t it be amazing if someone told you that getting intimate with your partner can count as an exercise? You might already know that sexual intercourse involves a lot of body movement and stretching.

But did you know that engaging in the act of sex can burn calories enough to keep you fit? Don’t believe us? Read on…

It is legit considered a light to moderate form of cardio

If you thought that running on a treadmill is the only cardio you can do, then how about trying sex-ercise? A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that sex is indeed a light-to-moderate form of exercise. 

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Another study, published in PLOS One, found that women can burn up to 69 calories per session lasting about 25 minutes! Though it is less than what running on a treadmill burns,most of the participants reported that having sex is more fun than running on a treadmill! And there are no two ways about that! 

You can burn more calories by…

If you want to burn more calories in that very limited time then taking charge and getting on top might be a good idea. You can also experiment more with sex positions, but make sure your experience is pleasurable! 

Moreover, you can increase the spend between the sheets to burn more calories. But, apart from increasing the time of foreplay, you might want to boost your endurance to stay in the game for a longer period of time. 

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Right ladies! Getting intimate with your partner can help you burn a few extra calories. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

To do so, consider doing kegel exercises. These exercises give you more control and can also help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. 

However, exercise is not replaceable…

While sex is pleasurable and offers many health benefits, it cannot replace exercise. For the sake of your fitness and well being, it is important for you to indulge in at least 150 minutes of exercise every week. And according to some studies, intense intercourse only lasts for about 6 to 10 minutes which is nowhere close to what is recommended.

Also, read: These 6 exercises can help you turn up the heat for better sex

In conclusion…

Sex is pleasurable, can boost your mood and also help you burn a few extra calories. But if your aim is physical fitness or body toning then do not impulsively cancel your gym membership as sex cannot replace exercise! 

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.