Mixing workout with pleasure

Dec 07 2013, 11:37 IST
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Study finds that the act of sex makes for moderate exercise, akin to playing doubles tennis or walking uphill. Study finds that the act of sex makes for moderate exercise, akin to playing doubles tennis or walking uphill.
SummaryStudy finds that the act of sex makes for moderate exercise, akin to playing doubles tennis/walking.

The sex also burned four calories per minute for men and three per minute for women, during sessions that ranged from 10 to 57 minutes, including foreplay. (The average was 25 minutes.) Men burned about 9 calories per minute jogging and women about 7.

Over all, the data reveal that "sex can be considered, at times, a significant exercise," Karelis said, worth encouraging in people who otherwise balk at working out. Ninety-eight percent of Karelis's volunteers reported that sex felt more fun than jogging. The other 2 percent, I suspect, will be back in the dating market soon.

Shedding weight

Researchers calculated the amount of energy expended and calories burned during various physical activities by the volunteers in terms of metabolic equivalent of task or MET. They found:

Jogging

8.5-MET (men)

8.4-MET (women)

Act of sex

6-MET (men)

5.6-MET (women)

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