You'd be surprised at how good for you sex can be Image: Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Getting fit can help you have a better sex life, but can having a better sex life help get you fitter?
There has been much research done over the years into how many calories having sex can burn, with some saying a vigorous 30 minute session can burn as much as calories, which is the equivalent of jogging for Sadly, though, anyone who believes that sex could be a better form of exercise than jogging is mistaken.
In a study , a team from the University of Montreal compared the calories used running to that of sex and found that running was far better at burning them off. Women burned an average of calories during 30 minutes of jogging, while men burned Getty However, during 30 minutes of sex men burned calories and women 69, burning an average of 3. Still, that's not all bad, after all calories is the same as a small glass of wine, so that's an incentive to get more jiggy in the sack.
And if you have moderately active sex twice a week, you could even burn up to an extra 5, calories a year. Read More If you really want to know how much your personal sex 'regime' is burning off, scientists have created an online tool to measure the amount you shed when you get hot between the sheets. Also, some sex positions are better than others at burning calories, but the golden rule is the more you move the more you'll burn.
What are the best sex positions to burn calories? Be less lazy in bed and you'll reap the rewards Image: Getty Some sex positions are better than others for feeling that burn, and varying your positions is a great, fun way to tone different muscle groups and keep limbs lean and flexible.
The number of calories burned during sex varies widely from one session to another, so if the more sweaty and out of breath you get the more you'll be burning. Research also suggests that being on top requires more energy than being on the bottom, which makes sense if you think about it. Missionary But some positions are better than others Image: Getty Unfortunately, according to Healthline the missionary position with her on the bottom for 10 minutes will burn a measly 14 calories for her and 47 calories for him.
But there are ways to burn more energy while doing this simple position - and also improve your core strength.
Men should use your arms to hold yourself up as if you are doing a plank at the gym but hopefully this will be more fun and you should thrust with your pelvic muscles rather than your lower back. Doing this will help flex your core muscles and deliver a similar workout to ab crunches.
Women can strengthen core muscles by using pelvic lifting with your core rather than your lower back. Missionary can also provide a good bum workout if you squeeze your glutes while thrusting. Doggy style Men and women can both work their cores in the doggy style position Image: For women, doggy style helps to work your core muscles, as well as quads, hamstrings and arms.
If you hold your weight up you can also get a decent arm workout and if brace your arms against a wall it will work your core, arms and shoulders a lot more. But be careful, because this position is apparently one of the most dangerous sex positions for women as it can cause vaginal tears. Getty Stellar states that cowgirl is the best sex position for women to burn those calories off, with burned in a 30 minute session.
With a cowgirl position, the lower part of the woman's legs will be braced on the bed or the floor, which will engage your bum and core muscles. Coming up onto your feet, almost as if you're in a squatting position, can also help work your bum, legs and hips.