Most of us have sex for fun, connection with our partner and occasionally procreation, but it’s not often seen as exercise. Generally, we’ll go for a run or head to the gym to keep ourselves trim. But have you ever wondered if sex is contributing to your fitness regime too?
Those hot passionate sessions certainly get the heart racing, so is it good for heart health too? Let’s look at the different health benefits of sex and work out how many calories you’ll burn this year from getting jiggy with it. It’s certainly more fun than treadmill time or kettlebell reps, but is it as effective?
First let’s look at a few health benefits of sex and after that we’ll get to how many you’re likely to burn in 2016.
Sex Boosts your Immune System
People who have sex regularly have higher levels of antibodies against germs, viruses and other intruders. Those who have sex once or twice a week have, on average, higher levels of antibodies compared to those who had sex less often.
Sex Boosts Libido
In short, the more you have it the more you want it. Having sex will make it better and will improve your libido. For women, having sex increases vaginal blood flow, and elasticity, which can make sex feel better and help you crave more of it.
Sex Lowers Your Blood Pressure
One landmark study found that sexual intercourse lowered systolic blood pressure. This doesn’t work for masturbation though, so go find someone to love!
Sex Counts as Exercise
Sex is a really great form of exercise. It won’t replace the gym, but it does count. Sex uses about five calories per minute, four more calories than watching TV! It boosts your heart rate and uses various muscles. So clear your schedule and make time for it on a regular basis, make sex part of your wellness routine.
Sex Lowers Heart Attack Risk
Sex is good for your heart. Besides being a great way to raise your heart rate, sex helps keep your oestrogen and testosterone levels at healthy levels. During one study, men who had sex at least twice a week were half as likely to die of heart disease as men who had sex rarely.
Sex Lessens Pain
Forget aspirin, have an orgasm instead. It releases a hormone that helps raise your pain threshold. Stimulation without orgasm can also do the trick. Vaginal stimulation can block chronic back and leg pain and for women genital self-stimulation can reduce menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, and in some cases even headaches, so you can forget that old excuse.
Sex Improves Sleep
Sleepy after sex? That’s because after orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released, which is responsible for the feelings of relaxation and sleepiness.
Sex Eases Stress
Being close to your partner can soothe stress and anxiety. Touching and hugging can release your body’s natural feel-good hormone and sexual arousal releases a chemical that stimulates your brain’s pleasure centres. Sex can boost your self-esteem and happiness too.
How many calories are you likely to burn from sex in 2016?
Well, that depends on whether you are a man or a woman, your body type, the average time engaged in active intercourse, how many times a week you have it, and your favoured positions and ‘style’ – what you may ask is that? Well, are you a languorous lover or a fun and frisky type? Perhaps you are a fully engaged passionate lover? All of these things matter as you’ll find out.
So how many Big Macs will I burn this year from sex?
Let’s say you’re a man with medium body build, a fun and frisky style and an average time between 16 and 29 minutes. If you prefer missionary and are having sex 3 times a week then over a year that will add up to 12,183 calories, which is the equivalent of about 23.9 Big macs! (One Big Mac is 508 calories). So there you have it, if you want to up the junk food then you’ll need to up your number of nights in the sack too.
We have taken all of the ‘average’ calculations such as body type but with some of the more ‘active’ positions, such as cowgirl. We’ve gone for the middle range of time spent making love for 16-29 mins, and an average number at 3 times per week. With these calculations in mind, we have reached an average of 13,923 calories per year which amounts to 27.4 big macs! It’s your choice, more sex and more junk food, or healthy all the way. We are just giving you the numbers!
Oh by the way: you can calculate your individual calorie number with this handy tool: Sex Calculator
Have fun with it!