Yes, sex is a form of aerobic activity.
Sexual activity increases heart rate and is considered to be another form of moderate aerobic exercise, such as swimming or walking (Hellerstein et al., 1970; Nemec et al., 1976; Boone et al., 1995; Stein, 2000).
Sex counts as moderate aerobic exercise and can burn more calories than walking and other forms of physical activity outside the bedroom according to a study by researchers at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM).
When couples make time for foreplay and intercourse, the average sex romp lasts 25 minutes. Men were shown to burn significantly more energy than women: The study found men burn 101 calories and women burn 69 calories (Frappier et al., 2013).
Sex has been scientifically shown to be exercise that can vary from moderate to high intensity.
Exercise intensity is measured in METS (metabolic equivalent of task, oxygen used/energy expended). Researchers have found that intensity during sex can measure 6.0 METS in men and 5.6 METS in women, which is equivalent to moderate exercise outside the bedroom, such as running on a treadmill (Frappier et al., 2013).
During sex, some people can perform at a higher intensity compared to a half hour of moderate exercise outside the bedroom, according to a study done by researchers at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Some men can even burn morecalories while having sex than during a moderate workout such as walking or swimming (Frappier et al., 2013).
Take the 7 Minute Workout to the bedroom and flex your sex.
The 7 Minute Workout is a popular high intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise circuit that was first featured in the Health and Fitness Journal, published by the American College of Sports Medicine (Klika and Jordan, 2013).
Already shown to result in weight loss, recent studies have found the 7 Minute Workout can also burn fat, boost muscle strength, shrink waist size, and improve fitness level (Mattar et al., 2017; Schmidt et al., 2016).
HIIT exercise is challenging physical activity outside the bedroom that takesyour cardio above your comfort zone. Short, intense bursts of exercise—lasting
between 30 seconds and three minutes—are mixed with rest periods that last the same amount of time or longer.
When you take the 7 Minute Workout to the bedroom with positions like pile driver or little dipper that involve lifting body weight, sex counts as a HIIT move that ramps up cardio and improvesflexibility and strength.
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Consuming excessive calories in combination with a sedentary lifestyle is amajor culprit for carrying extra weight in many people (Nagashima et al., 2010; Casazza et al., 2013).
Regular exercise, combined with mindful eating, can help you better manage your weight while lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and evencertain cancers (Stein, 2000; Nagashima et al., 2010).
Look good naked with bedroom exercise that combines sex with the 7 Minute Workout, a popular high intensity interval training (HIIT) fitness circuit. Fun sex positions like the crab and lotus that involve lifting body weight – either your own or that of your partner – will add resistance and boost the intensity of the workout.
Recent studies have found that the 7 Minute workout improves flexibility, muscle strength, fitness levels, and shrinks waist size by an average of 4 cm tosculpt body composition in 6 to 8 weeks (Mattar et al., 2017; Schmidt et al., 2016).