Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Does sexual activity count as exercise/cardio?

Being in the fitness industry is kinda like being a doctor in that the minute someone finds out what you do for a living they immediately ask a line questions specific to your field. I myself have been guilty of this when meeting a doctor, especially if his specialty happens to be in an area that I might have a concern in, I usually catch myself and share a sympathetic snicker but ask the question anyway. I’m sympathetic because I’m posed with all types of fitness or injury related questions all the time, some more interesting then others. One question posed to me the other day, and it’s not the first time I’ve been asked this question is ‘does sex count as exercise’? So I decided to do some research and share the information in a blog...why not.

The answer that I came up with is, not as much as you might expect. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, vigorous(is there any other kind?) sexual activity can burn about 35 calories in 20 minutes, that’s based on a 150 pound person. Compare that with running for the same amount of time (261 calories), jogging (159 calories), or moderate lap swimming or bicycling (182 calories), and it’s clear that sexual activity should at best be seen as a complement to –rather than a replacement for –your normal workouts. As a matter of fact, engaging in traditional exercise can actually improve your sex life by boosting your libido and promoting the overall systems that support sexual function, including blood flow and cardio respiratory endurance. That tells me that if you are in a relationship and are not engaging in regular sexual activity get to the gym! Or go to my web site and inquire about some of our fitness programs (shameless plug). Seriously though, sexual activity does impart some of the same benefits as exercise, including improved mood, stronger immunity, and reduced pain (as much as I want to I will not make a shameless plug here).

Food fact of the day: There is approximately 4 grams of sugar in one teaspoon. A 12oz bottle of Vitaminwater® contains 32 grams of sugar. That's 8 spoonfuls of sugar- in one drink! Conclusion: Stick with plain water!


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