Who else hates deprivation diets?
Health and fitness has to be fun, enjoyable, and sustainable if it’s worth anything.
There are plenty of pleasurable ways to lose weight, and this valentine’s day offers the perfect opportunity to fold a new workout into your routine.
It’s free, fun, and fitness-friendly. I’m talking about getting leaner with a lover.
For many of us, sex is much more pleasant than pounding the treadmill. Plus, its health benefits extend far beyond a good calorie burn.
Let’s get down and dirty with the details of how getting your freak on can boost your fitness.
Believe it or not, having sex can burn almost as many calories as a quick jog. On average, sex burns 150 to 250 calories per half hour.
Sex is such a good cardiovascular activity that doctors often tell people in very poor cardiovascular health to avoid sex. Even better, you don’t even realize you’re working out.
Recent research has found that exercise in short bursts over the course of the day can be as effective as 30 to 40 consecutive minutes. A 15 to 20 minute session in the bedroom plus a quick mile jog can both count toward the recommended 30-minutes of daily exercise.
Did you know that the hormones released during our amorous experiences cause us to eat less?
Healthy sex within a loving relationship lowers our feelings of stress, frustration, and loneliness—three emotions that often lead us to eat away our feelings. But hormones released during sex also help us steer clear of the snack cabinet.
When we have sex, our oxytocin levels shoot up. On top of lowering our stress and anxiety, oxytocin reduces hunger. So after each sexual encounter, we experience a temporary curb on eating.
Sex gets your heart rate up, even if it’s not acrobatic. That said, the more athletic ability a position takes, the more calories you’ll burn in bed.
Of course, if you’re going to get crazy, make sure you’re practicing safe sex—using protection if needed and only trying the stunts you can handle physically.
Talk with your partner about what they’re comfortable with and challenge yourself to a few new positions. Even if you discover the new position is not your favorite way to get freaky, you’ll have fun with your partner and burn some calories in the process.
Try switching positions several times. Similar to interval training, moving through multiple positions is great for your cardiovascular health.
Sex burns calories, but the benefits don’t stop there. When you get your groove on, your whole body benefits. Treat yourself to some time in the bedroom regularly, and enjoy these twelve bonuses.
Time spent exercising can bring several payoffs when you’re tangled in the sheets. Being physically active seems to be a potent aphrodisiac. Here’s why:
While many aphrodisiacs don’t have much scientific evidence, these five are science-backed to boost your libido. Try out these foods to get you and your lover in the mood.
If you’re looking to shed a few pounds and boost your physical strength, why not make the journey a fun and sexy one? Making love is the ultimate exercise machine, and you don’t even need to leave the house to get in some good sexercise.
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