Is Sex Really ‘Exercise’? This Study Shows You the Caloric Facts

Posted by on May 21, 2019 in Conscious Living, Relationships & Sex with 14 Comments


By Melaina Juntti | Men's Journal

The average romp is equivalent to a short jog.

You don't need a scientist to tell you that sex can be a full-tilt, sweat-drenched workout. But how many calories does a good romp really burn? In a recent study, researchers at the University of Québec at Montréal measured energy expended during sex versus running, and found that we get our hearts pumping and muscles cranking enough during sex for it to be considered moderate exercise.

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The researchers recruited 21 healthy, active, heterosexual couples in their early 20s to jog on treadmills at about 65 percent of their maximum heart rates for 30 minutes. While running, they wore lightweight armband monitors that measure energy expenditure in calories and exercise intensity in METs, or metabolic equivalent of task.

Next, the couples were asked to have sex once a week for a month while wearing the same armbands to track their calories and intensity during sexual activity. The duration of the sex varied, but the average session across all couples for the month was about 25 minutes.

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On average, the men burned 9.2 calories per minute while jogging (or about 230 calories for a 25-minute jog) and had a mean intensity of 8.5 METs, compared to 4.2 calories per minute (105 calories per session) and 6 METs during sex. Women burned a little less, logging 7.1 calories per minute and 8.1 METs on the treadmill, and 3.1 calories per minute and 5.6 METs during sex.


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  1.' Morgan Ledford says:

    Obviously ?! Stranding up is

  2.' MikenCaty Daury says:


  3.' Jorge Roy Codilla says:

    Yes! The best exercise. Relaxing. Good sleep. Relieve stress.

  4.' Morris Greenrey says:


  5.' Tayla-Rose Rakete says:

    well it is cardio works on arms butt abs legs tummy… thats for men through for women its butt tummy and legs

  6.' CeCe Sharpe says:

    Its exercise if you are doing it right!

  7.' Shelly Peters says:

    Hi folks. Remember…it’s not always a man & a woman ?

  8.' Russo Simon says:

    Of course it is.

  9.' Julie Maceanruig says:

    And much more enjoyable than jogging.

  10.' Jenny Little's says:

    Best workout for post pregnancy with your spouse

  11.' Peter Aduba says:

    Personally,sex is an exercise with my wife!! We are both tired at the end of holy exercise!! We are fulfilled and blesesd to have each other!!

  12.' Erica Angelica says:

    Who cares? So long as you enjoy it.

  13.' Alice Lee says:

    Yes, sex is exercise and you should sweat. Soaking wet when it is hot outside, mmm. ijs

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