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    • Sex As Exercise?



      By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS The New York Times Magazine

      As far back as the 1950s, couples have been asked to strap on monitors, blood-pressure cuffs, oxygen masks and other paraphernalia and copulate, to scientifically quantify the impacts of sex. The focus is often on whether sex can kill you by precipitating a heart attack. Happily, these studies generally show that heart rates rise during intercourse, but tolerably. In a 2008 study, middle-aged subjects’ heart rates jumped at the point of orgasm by only 21 beats per minute in men and 19 in women, about the same response as if they’d just done a few jumping jacks. The risk for sex-related cardiac arrest is, in fact, vanishingly small, statistics show, though it may be greater when the act is extramarital.

      The issue of sex as exercise, however, has remained largely unexplored. “There are these myths,” including that sex burns at least 100 calories per session, said Antony D. Karelis, a professor of exercise science at the University of Quebec at Montreal who undertook a study, published in PLOS One in October, to look at how much energy is actually exerted during sex. “But nobody had tested” those assumptions.

      To do so, Karelis and his colleagues recruited 21 young heterosexual committed couples from the local area and had them jog on treadmills for 30 minutes, while researchers monitored their energy expenditure and other metrics, in order to provide a comparison for the physical demands of sex. The scientists next gave their volunteers unobtrusive armband activity monitors that gauge exertion in terms of calories and METs, or metabolic equivalent of task, a physiological measure comparing an activity to sitting perfectly still, which is a 1-MET task. Then the scientists sent the couples home, instructing them to complete at least one sex act a week for a month while wearing the armbands, and to fill out questionnaires about how each session made them feel, physically and psychologically, especially compared with running on the treadmill.

      When the researchers analyzed all of the resulting data, it was clear, Karelis said, that sex qualified as “moderate exercise,” a 6-MET activity for men and 5.6-MET activity for women. That’s the equivalent, according to various estimates, of playing doubles tennis or walking uphill. The jogging, by comparison, was more strenuous, an 8.5-MET activity for the men in the study and 8.4 for women. (Though some men, according to their activity monitors, used more energy for brief periods during sex than they did jogging.) 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.

      Source: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/1...s&emc=rss&_r=0
      Comments 18 Comments
      1. Dirty Dan's Avatar
        Dirty Dan -
        My abs always hurt after I have sex so I consider that my core exercise
      1. overworked's Avatar
        overworked -
        The more i have sex the more defined my abs look. I think its a better ab workout than any of the normal gym routines.
      1. EatMoar's Avatar
        EatMoar -
        Then why are some sluts really fat ?!
      1. Magdalena's Avatar
        Magdalena -
        10-MET for some... Lol...
      1. overworked's Avatar
        overworked -
        Originally Posted by EatMoar View Post
        Then why are some sluts really fat ?!
        Cause they just lay there
      1. pro520roost's Avatar
        pro520roost -
        Originally Posted by overworked View Post
        Cause they just lay there
        I've been with a lot of big women. They seem to be up for more... like different positions, more oral, and just plain fukn!
      1. buff.girl's Avatar
        buff.girl -
        My calves hurt like hell after... >.<
      1. rhoadx's Avatar
        rhoadx -
        Originally Posted by EatMoar View Post
        Then why are some sluts really fat ?!
        cause most sluts are bar whores. The beer offsets the calorie burn from exercise lol
      1. MANotaur's Avatar
        MANotaur -
        Originally Posted by pro520roost View Post
        I've been with a lot of big women. They seem to be up for more... like different positions, more oral, and just plain fukn!
        Thats because they dont know the next time theyre gonna get some.
      1. pro520roost's Avatar
        pro520roost -
        Originally Posted by MANotaur View Post
        Thats because they dont know the next time theyre gonna get some.
        Pretty face, juicy melons, and a fat ass it won't be too long!
      1. JD261985's Avatar
        JD261985 -
        Best thing is sex within one hour after lifting. Love that shyt.
      1. buff.girl's Avatar
        buff.girl -
        Originally Posted by JD261985 View Post
        Best thing is sex within one hour after lifting. Love that shyt.
        Protein shake in 1 hand? Hell yeah! ;-)
      1. overworked's Avatar
        overworked -
        Originally Posted by buff.girl View Post

        Protein shake in 1 hand? Hell yeah! ;-)
        Hell yeah and a plate full of chicken and brown rice balancing on her ass....gotta get my post workout meal in!!
      1. JD261985's Avatar
        JD261985 -
        Originally Posted by overworked View Post
        Hell yeah and a plate full of chicken and brown rice balancing on her ass....gotta get my post workout meal in!!
        Lmao!!
      1. cecjon's Avatar
        cecjon -
        Originally Posted by buff.girl View Post
        My calves hurt like hell after... >.<
        Lmao!! Never had that before :-P
      1. burgerkingguy's Avatar
        burgerkingguy -
        My wrist usually hurts afterwards.
      1. jack_black's Avatar
        jack_black -
        Originally Posted by burgerkingguy View Post
        My wrist usually hurts afterwards.
        nice strong second post burger king guy
      1. JD261985's Avatar
        JD261985 -
        Originally Posted by burgerkingguy View Post
        My wrist usually hurts afterwards.
        After beating off? Lol