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How Much of a Workout is Sex? [Dec. 17th, 2005|11:10 am]
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My question today is a scientific sexual question. I have always read that sex wasn't THAT much of a work out and roughly the equivalent of climbing one flight of stairs. This doesn't seem right to me. In fact, after Sweetpants and I have had our regular week night evening sex (not to be confused with extra special weekend sex)the room has always felt quite a bit warmer, as if heated by our exertions. Both of us commented on this over the years. Finally I brought a thermometer into the bedroom and noted the temperature in the closed room (the door had been closed for roughly half an hour before sex began) and the temperature after an hour of sex. Each and every night the temperature rises 5 to 7 degrees during the sex act. The question is, how many calories am I burning to raise the heat in a medium sized bedroom 7 degrees fahrenheit? Is this really the same as climbing one flight of stairs? Calling all you science geeks.

[User Picture]From: celisnebula
2005-12-17 05:34 pm (UTC)
Not a science geek... but my doctor says that sex can be a major cardio work out (in fact she highly suggests it for anyone trying to loose weight to have sex 4 or more times a week).

The Kinsey Institute insists that having sex expends around 6.4 calories per minute during the highest pre-orgasmic stage and the stage immediately after orgasm, and that the average human loses nearly five pounds through sex each year.

Hope this helps.
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[User Picture]From: bloodcult
2005-12-17 09:09 pm (UTC)
Since neither Sweetpants nor I are dainty or sylphlike and on an average night we spend 20 to 30 minutes on intercourse and 20 to 30 on mutual oral sex this makes a lot more sense than the flight of stairs business.
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