When we talk about exercise and physical activity, you may think of popular sports like swimming, running, or weight lifting. But some add to the aforementioned another activity that they consider a form of sport, which is sex.
There is no doubt that sex includes a physical activity to a certain extent, but can we consider this activity actually a sport?
What is the size of calories a person can burn during this activity?
What is the amount of calories a person burns during sex?
Several studies have been done to determine the number of calories we burn during sex.
Including a study conducted at the University of Quebec in the city of Montreal on 21 heterosexual partners in their early twenties.
The researchers monitored the energy spent by study participants during exercise and during sexual activity, and they used belts that were placed on the arm to track participants’ activity.
The perceived energy expense, perception of effort, fatigue, and happiness was assessed by the participants after sexual activity.
All study participants completed a 30-minute run on a medium-intensity running to compare calorie expense.
The results showed that men burned about 101 calories during 24 minutes of sex, at a rate of 4.2 calories per minute, while women burned about 69 calories, at a rate of 3.1 calories per minute.
While men burned 276 calories and women burned 213 calories within 30 minutes of exercising with moderate intensity on the running mat. This means that sex actually helps in burning calories, but it is less than that we burn when exercising moderately.
Another study, however, reported lower results than its predecessor, saying that a man who weighed 154 pounds burned only 3.5 calories during every single minute of sexual activity.
This is roughly equivalent to what is burned during walking in moderate steps. But the study indicates that the stage of intense physical activity during sex takes less than six minutes.
This means that a man in his early thirties only burns about 21 calories during sex.
How can you burn more calories during sex?
Although previous studies confirm that sex cannot be considered a real sport useful in burning an important number of calories.
However, it is possible to increase the number of calories that are burned during sexual activity by prolonging the sexual activity and trying to make the atmosphere of the room more heat, which helps in increasing sweating and burning more calories, in addition to choosing certain positions that need to exert more effort and physical activity.
Other health benefits of having sex Regardless of the topic of calories, sex has many health benefits that can be taken into consideration, including:
Improving heart health: according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, men who had sex at least twice a week were less likely to have heart disease, compared to those who had sex only once a month.
Reducing stress and improving sleep: as some hormones such as oxytocin and prolactin are released after sex.
Both of these hormones help feel full, relaxed and sleepy.
Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles: and these muscles are important to support the bladder, intestine, and uterus, and when they contract, these organs rise upward and narrow the vagina, urethra, and anus.
Strengthening these muscles helps control some of the vital functions of the body, such as urination, and increases the ability to feel pleasure during sex.
Finally, besides the desire to have sex is one of the natural and necessary human instincts to continue reproduction and achieve psychological and physical stability.
The practices of sexual relationship is also beneficial in burning some calories – even if it is a small percentage that does not constitute a substitute for traditional sport and carries many other health benefits.