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Sex: A Beneficial (And More Enjoyable) Calorie Burning Exercise

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/sex-a-beneficial-and-more-enjoyable-calorie-burning-exercise-9043560.html

Working off the extra pounds gained over Christmas may have just got easier, after a study concluded sex should be considered a "significant" exercise for burning calories.

Research conducted by scientists from the University of Quebec in Canada found sexual activity can be an effective way of burning energy when compared with moderate intensity exercises.

In the study, researchers recruited 21 heterosexual couples aged between 18 and 35 from Montreal and asked them to have sex once a week for a month.

During this period, the participants were asked to perform their usual sexual activities and instructed not to drink and use drugs or medication for erectile dysfunction. After each sexual activity, the couples then completed a questionnaire to record their enjoyment.

At the start of the study, the couples also jogged on treadmills for half an hour as part of an endurance exercise session and were fitted with arm bands to measure their energy expenditure and their metabolic equivalent of task – (MET), which compares an activity to sitting still, measured at 1-MET.

The results showed that women burned 3.1 calories a minute while having sex, and 7.1 a minute when running on the treadmill. Men burned 4.2 calories a minute, in comparison to 9.2 jogging. However, some of the men used more energy for brief periods during sex than while they were running on the treadmill.

During sex, the authors recorded 6.0 METS in men and 5.6 METS in women, which represents a ‘moderate intensity’ activity - roughly equivalent to cycling or playing doubles tennis.

Great news. It should be prescribed by GP's.

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So the men worked harder in the bedroom AND the running machine.. . .

Is this down to our ancient roles i wonder ?

I have found when it comes to training hard and pushing yourself physicaly - women tend to give up a bit easier than blokes. Not in every case of course.

Is this just down to what we are designed for ? Or are my experiences not representative ?

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Not an option for me as I have given up the idea of relationships and all that nonsense - too expensive financially and emotionally and really cannot be bothered putting myself through all that psychological torture again. Give me a cup.of tea and a macaroon anyday.

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Give me a cup.of tea and a macaroon anyday.

I'm no expert on exercise, but I don't think that a cup of tea and a macaroon could be considered a 'significant' exercise for burning calories. :)

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I'm no expert on exercise, but I don't think that a cup of tea and a macaroon could be considered a 'significant' exercise for burning calories. :)

You have to heat the water with a kettle that gets its power from an exercise bike.

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Presumably they're comparing half an hour of sex to half an hour of other exercise?

So about a month's worth..

That's the thing here IMO, how long are they actually having "sex" for. Personally I have never timed myself but would expect it's realistically no longer than say 10--15 minutes (sometimes more sometimes less) of the sort of stuff they are talking about. Obviously there is plenty going on before hand but in general that's not exactly strenuous stuff.

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Just noticed they asked them to do it once a week :o

My record last year was 7 times in a day - and no i don't take the wee blue pills. :D

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Just noticed they asked them to do it once a week :o

My record last year was 7 times in a day - and no i don't take the wee blue pills. :D

Impressive but I don't envy you your perpetually-filling testicles, I've got into enough trouble in my life that way, I imagine it would have been worse if I had them.

Returning to your point, once a week does seem a bit feeble though.

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Impressive but I don't envy you your perpetually-filling testicles, I've got into enough trouble in my life that way, I imagine it would have been worse if I had them.

Returning to your point, once a week does seem a bit feeble though.

Its not the norm. Tends to happen when severely hungover. Maybe its my bodies natural reaction to thinking i am about to die :lol:

Ten times a week is prob about normal - if i have a burd of course. I could honestly do with some sort of anti viagra.

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Just noticed they asked them to do it once a week :o

My record last year was 7 times in a day - and no i don't take the wee blue pills. :D

You need to write a book or something son; we need to know how to obtain your magic powers!

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Its not the norm. Tends to happen when severely hungover. Maybe its my bodies natural reaction to thinking i am about to die :lol:

Ten times a week is prob about normal - if i have a burd of course. I could honestly do with some sort of anti viagra.

I'm guessing it's some kind of compensation from Mother Nature to allow gingers to breed successfully......

:P

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I'm guessing it's some kind of compensation from Mother Nature to allow gingers to breed successfully......

:P

I must have missed that gene then, maybe thats why I (eventually) get a tan.

Does seven count if you're on your own? :(

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Its not the norm. Tends to happen when severely hungover. Maybe its my bodies natural reaction to thinking i am about to die :lol:

Ten times a week is prob about normal - if i have a burd of course. I could honestly do with some sort of anti viagra.

Having your balls whipped off would presumably do the trick?

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Having your balls whipped off would presumably do the trick?

It would - but my right bicep and forearm may suffer.

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