There are now more reasons to get excited about spending some intimate time with your special one. Making out, snuggling, sex and everything else that falls on the spectrum is great for a relationship, but did you know that they are a great way to lose calories as well? That loving, nervous feeling not only gets your heart rate up but also burns some serious calories.
Joseph Pinzone, CEO and medical director of Amai Wellness, states that sex is one of the greatest forms of exercise and "like with exercise, consistency helps maximize the benefits."
So if you are one of those people who want to hit the bedroom instead of the gym and pump their hips instead of the pumping irons, then get frisky and indulge in some sweaty sex with your partner because 'sexercise' is for you.
The key for high-calorie-burning sex is making it hot and making it last; if you are moaning while at it, you will burn off another 18 to 30 calories. Being on the giving end of oral sex is almost as effective as a quick stint on the elliptical machine.
To reap maximum benefit out of sexercise, it is important to try different positions and routines. Try out the bridge, where the woman faces upward and uses all four limbs to hold the body weight off the bed. This position will work out your biceps, triceps, abs, glutes, quads and calves.
If you are on top, try moving your hips like a belly dancer; this not only feels great but is also a good workout. Squatting on top of your partner and bouncing up and down makes for a great workout for your thighs and butt and can burn up to 207 calories in half an hour.
If you do happen to be working on your upper arms, then try a position that has you supporting yourself in a way that puts strain in the area. To work your core and upper leg, it is best to engage in intercourse while standing; in this position, the woman's legs are wrapped around the partner and her arms require extra strength to hold on.
If you are willing to take calorie-blasting to the next level, incorporate a little yoga into your lovemaking; a downward facing dog or planking can burn up to 35 additional calories. When you are feeling adventurous, incorporate some push-ups as well and loose over 71 calories.
However, to ensure maximum calorie burning, it is essential to reach an orgasm. Moreover, the idea is to feel the burn and the pleasure!