Sexercise: A New Workout

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 2:00 PM

Sexercise was so hot last year it inspired thousands of Instagram posts, a Kylie Minogue song, and an Australian musical comedy. It's no wonder this trend is on the rise, "what some studies suggest is that people who are fit and active have more sex than sedentary people." So why not choose workouts that can also improve your sex life? Here are 5 sexercises to add to your resolution to get in shape this year:

1 - Abs: According to exercise physiologist Rich Weil quoted on WebMD, everyone uses their abdominal muscles during sex, so crunches are a great place to start sexercising.

2 - Kegels: "Many women do Kegel exercises to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles." But did you know that they "can also help improve women's sexual health and pleasure by…improving your ability to reach orgasm?" Read about other ways they can improve sexual pleasure from Memorial Sloan Kettering or follow this helpful how-to guide to learn how to perform these exercises.

The Mayo Clinic asserts that Kegel exercises are not just for women. They can possibly improve sexual performance for men too.

3 - Yoga: According to WebMD, "Yoga poses stretch your muscles and increase your range of motion. With regular practice, they'll improve your flexibility."Better flexibility means you can experiment with more positions, which can only mean more fun for you and your partner.

4 - Pushups: Physiologist Rich Weil says "if you're going to pick just one exercise to do, this is the one to go for…for all the obvious reasons."

5 - Walking, Running, Swimming, Biking, You Name It: Whatever exercise you enjoy doing most, just do it. As Paul Frediani, co-author of Sex Flex: The Way to Enhanced Intimacy and Pleasure as quoted on WebMD, says "cardiovascular exercise of any kind is a great way to stimulate your sex life."

Don't forget about sex itself as a form of exercise! It boosts your heart rate and uses "about five calories per minute." That's more calories than watching TV and stretching.

Recent studies at the Kinsey Institute suggest that there may also be a link between sex and a healthy immune system. So what are you waiting for? Resolve in 2016 to spend more time burning calories before you head into the bedroom.


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