The Truth About Sex and Calorie Burn
Sex can certainly feel like a workout some of the time, but it isn’t always quite enough to provide an excuse for you to skip the gym. Here are some ways to know when you’re really scorching calories in the sack and when you’re not. To get even more specific with your calculations, you can enlist the services of a real tool called The Sex Calculator that creates a more personal estimate based on things like body weight and if you stood up at all during the act.
Some research that was done in Montreal found that on average men burn about 100 calories in the average sex session. The average romp lasts about 25 minutes but can of course vary greatly and the longer you go at it the more calories you will burn.
To test this out, some participants agreed to have their vitals watched while they deed the deed and then compared the results with their vitals from when they went for a jog on the treadmill. The study was published by the journal PLOS ONE.
“The level of intensity that is exerted from sexual activity could be higher than that of walking at [3 miles per hour] but less than that of jogging at [5 miles per hour]. Taken together, these results suggest that sexual activity may potentially be considered, at times, as a significant exercise.”
Great news! To calculate this for yourself in simple match, multiply the amount of minutes that you had sex by 4.2 to get your overall calorie burn. If your girl wants in on the calorie tracking fun, have her multiply the minutes by 3.1. Yes, the ladies only burn an average of 69 calories to your 100.
Just keep in mind that some studies have found that men only burn on average 21 calories per session, so intensity is a crucial factor as it is in any kind of workout that exists.
So getting in some sex isn’t exactly a good reason to skip the gym, but it sure it a fun way to supplement your regular cardio sessions. Plus, it has a whole bunch of other health benefits.
People who have more sex end up taking fewer sick days, which can be explained by the increase in immune function that occurs when you get busy on the regular. Having sex can also help to keep your blood pressure in check, lowers your risk of heart attack, balances out the levels of testosterone and estrogen in the body, and can reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer.
Having an orgasm also cuts down on pain, will make you sleep better, and can reduce your stress levels overall. Sex done right can boost your levels of self esteem and just make you happier overall. But you probably knew that!
About Kate Ferguson Kate Fergus is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blogs and online magazines. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce.