Valentine’s Day Love: Sex as Exercise?

Get Some Love on Valentine’s Day

  With Valentine’s Day approaching here are a couple of things you might want to keep in mind:

If you have sex 3 times per week, you’ll burn an extra 7,000 calories per year. 

According to, that’s equivalent to jogging 1.4 miles per week!

(January/February 2008 issue of Canadian Fitness Professionals Magazine)

  Although sex can’t be used to replace regular cardio workouts, it helps to reduce stress and burn extra calories.    Both men and women should practice their Kegel exercises, which are done by contracting your pelvic floor muscles as if you’re trying to stop urine, and hold it there for 3 seconds.  Inhale as you squeeze and exhale as you release.  Start out by doing 10-15 squeezes per day and build up to about 100 per day.

  The bridge exercise is an effective way to improve sexual control and gratification.  It can be done by simply lying on the floor and pressing the pelvis up in the air.  Hold for about 10 seconds and then lower as you exhale. 

According to the Daily Stanford, these are the top 10 health benefits of sex:

1.       Helps you live longer.

2.       Strengthens your heart.

3.       Reduces stress and depression.

4.       Strengthens bones and muscles.

5.       Improves your memory and keeps your mind sharp.

6.       Helps you look younger.

7.       Improves your sense of smell.

8.       Provides pain relief.

9.       May reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

10.   Boosts the immune system.

This is a great way to have fun while staying in shape. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!