Weight Loss: Is Sex Better than the Gym?

It can be difficult to find time to go to the gym, but for some strange reason, we can always find time for a little love under the covers! Sex, as well as being great fun, can also be a really good way to lose weight. Any sort of movement will burn calories, but by changing up your routine just a little, you can strengthen and tone your muscles in the comfort of your own bed, sofa, shower, kitchen counter, utility room, dining room table, stairs, dog bed, loft space, etc.


For Her

Intimacy expert Sarah Womble, notes “It’s quite easy for women to go about sex quite passively, especially at the end of a long day, but you can have more fun and increase your pleasure by playing a more active role”. Author Patti Britton comments that “You can strengthen your core by focusing on pelvic lifting using your core, not your lower back. That’s where women tend to get stuck — they tend to rely on their lower back to give them propulsion.”

Playing an active role in matching your partners rhyme can provide a great work out, as well as being mutually satisfying.


For Him

Love Guru Alan Thompson says that “sex should be treated as a marathon not a sprint. Pacing yourself will lead to a better performance and a more gratifying feeling when you both cross the finish line”.

Trying new or more challenging positions can be daunting, but remember, sex is like anything else, practice makes perfect! Sex standing up can provide a great workout for your arms and core. If you find this position tricky, try supporting her back against a wall or door to take some of the weight off your arms.

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As well as burning calories and toning muscles, you may be surprised to learn that there are a number of other weight loss benefits to performing the old horizontal duvet dance.



Losing sleep inhibits your body’s ability to loose fat. As well as tiring you out, an evening romp will also release oxytocin, a hormone which promotes better sleep. Don’t just take our word for it, check out this article on sleep and weight loss.


Curb Carb Cravings

There is a high anxiety hormone called cortisol. Regular sex helps curb high cortisol levels, which in turn, reduces cravings for high fat and carbohydrate foods. So a quick roll in the hay could stop you reaching for that Mars Bar!


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