When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, physical exercise is non-negotiable. From hitting the gym to engaging in outdoor activities, we actively seek ways to keep our bodies fit and energetic. Surprisingly, one enjoyable activity that often gets overlooked as a potential workout is sex. Well ladies, the benefits of sex are not just limited to carnal pleasure, it can also improve your fitness level.
While going to gym or working out at home is irreplaceable, Health Shots spoke to Dr Shobha Subramanian Itolikar, Consultant-Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital Mulund, Mumbai, to understand what makes sex a good physical activity.
Here’s what makes sex a good workout
Think sex, and you also have to think of stamina and flexibility. Indulging in sex frequently can work well. Here are 5 reasons why sex can be a good workout, according to Dr Subramanian.
1. Sex increases heart rate
Your heart rate can increase during sexual activity, just like it can during other forms of cardiovascular or aerobic exercise. Your heart muscles become stronger as a result of the elevated heart rate, which helps promote cardiovascular health. Additionally, increased blood flow can improve the oxygen supply to various parts of the body and strengthen the immune system.
2. Calorie burn
Sex can be a calorie-burning activity. That’s why engaging in intercourse can help burn calories and contribute to weight management. However, the exact number of calories burned varies depending on factors such as duration, intensity, and body weight. A small study published in PLOS One, a Public Library of Science journal, of twenty-one straight, healthy couples in their 20s indicated that during 24-minute sex sessions (including foreplay), men burned an average of 101 calories (4.2 calories per minute), and women burned 69 calories (3.1 calories per minute). Although the number of calories burned is low, it shows this intimate activity can contribute to your overall calorie burn.
3. Muscle engagement
Sex involves the engagement of various muscles throughout the body. Depending on the positions and movements involved, you can work your core, legs, glutes, and even upper body muscles. Regular sexual activity can help tone and strengthen these muscle groups.
4. Stress relief and mood enhancement
There is no doubt that sex helps in the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones. These instantly uplift your mood by calming you down and making you feel mentally light. The best time to have sex is first thing in the morning. Morning sex can make anyone feel more relaxed, focused, and cheerful throughout the day. All in all, having sex can be a way to unwind and improve your overall well-being.
5. Improved flexibility and balance
Certain sex positions often require flexibility and a wide range of motion. Engaging in different sex positions can help improve your range of motion, flexibility, and stability. Additionally, it might help to stretch and relax the muscles. Hence, regular sexual activity can boost your overall physical performance.
It’s worth noting that while sex can offer these benefits, it should not be considered an alternative to a regular exercise routine. Incorporating other forms of physical activity, such as aerobic exercises and strength training, is still important for maintaining overall fitness and health. Apart from this, prioritize open communication and the use of appropriate protection methods to ensure a safe and positive experience!