Are you just too busy to hit the gym on a regular basis? Do you lack the motivation for a strict exercise regimen? What if there was a way to reduce stress, improve circulation, live longer, and feel younger? What if it could help you develop a trim body, shiny skin, healthy blood, a healthy heart, and healthy bones, too? Now, what if you could have lots of fun in the process and not even have to leave the comfort and privacy of your home to do it?
It sounds like I’m trying to sell you the latest, greatest diet wonder-pill, doesn’t it? Well, I’m not. I’m trying to turn you on the health benefits and calorie-burning effects of everyone’s favorite pastime – sex! Let’s take a closer look.
To lose one pound of fat, you must burn off 3500 more calories than you take in. Let’s discuss the calorie-burning effects of sex. Here are some ways to lose weight, feel great, and sex yourself into shape!
Kissing: Kissing can burn around 120-325 calories an hour, or around 2-5 calories a minute. Engaging in long make-out sessions with your partner is not only good for your relationship; it is also good for your waistline. A 10 minute make-out session with your partner each morning and each evening could burn up to 100 calories a day. That’s 36,500 calories a year, or just over 10 pounds worth of weight loss. When was the last time you made out with your partner
Undressing: According to an Italian professor, even undressing can burn off calories. Unclasping a bra with two hands burns 8 calories, while unclasping it with only one hand burns up 18 calories. Unclasping it with your mouth can burn 87 calories.
Oral Sex: 15 minutes of oral sex can burn off the calories consumed in a long sip of wine. There are calories present in semen, though, so if you swallow, there are around 7 calories in a teaspoon of semen. Since the average volume of ejaculation is 1-2 teaspoons, you can expect an average of 7-14 calories per ejaculation. That will easily be burned off during the course of your lovemaking, though.
Masturbation: You don’t have to have a partner to enjoy the calorie-burning effects of sex. Masturbation can burn up the calories, as well. You can lose between 100-150 calories for each act of masturbation, according to the Young People’s Reproductive and Sexual Health & Rights Organization. You can raise that amount to around 300 calories, though, through a 5 minute vigorous masturbation session, according to Japanese scientist Dr. Shukan Tokuho.
Intercourse: The “average” lovemaking session burns between 50 and 100 calories. Having sex 3 times a week burns 7500 calories per year. That’s the equivalent of jogging 75 miles. The more intense the sex, the more calories are burned: up to 15,000 calories annually (at a frequency of three times weekly). 15,000 calories equals over 4 pounds of weight loss per year, just from having sex three times a week.
Orgasm: Experts estimate that an orgasm can burn between 60-100 calories. Losing weight has never been so much fun!
Comparision: Let’s compare the calorie-burning effects of foreplay and sexual intercourse to other common activities to see how they compare.
|Your Body Weight (in pounds)||15 mins of Sexual Intercourse (calories burned)||5 mins of Foreplay(calories burned)||115 mins of Leisure Bicycling (calories burned)||15 mins of walking3 MPH (calories burned)|
Would you like to further compare foreplay and intercourse with other activities? Go ahead and check it out for yourself: http://www.healthstatus.com/cbc.html
Consideration: Consider that the number of calories burned during sex (or any activity, for that matter) is a function of many different factors, including bodyweight, environmental temperature, duration, intensity, effort, frequency, and position.
Conclusion: Sex is great exercise. It uses all of your muscle groups and can help to burn off the calories as part of an effective physical fitness program. Considering that most people put on weight slowly, gaining between 5-10 pounds a year, it’s not unrealistic to count sex as part of an effective program to help maintain a healthy body weight. Just make sure sex isn’t the primary source of your physical activity.