Sex, done properly, will work up at least a bit of a sweat. It can be very good exercise, and since it promotes improved cholesterol levels and circulation, it can even be considered a “cardio” exercise. It may not burn quite as many calories as taking an aerobics class, but it has benefits that an aerobics class doesn’t have.

Both sex and exercise release endorphins in the body, which elevate one’s mood, relieve pain, and produce a sense of euphoria to name a few benefits. Both sex and exercise work out various muscles, depending on the activity. Sex, however, goes even further. It works muscles that may not be part of a normal workout. It promotes feelings of affection. In men, it increases the flow of testosterone, and that can help strengthen bones and muscles. Testosterone is known to transport hormones that improve the immune system. The stronger the immune system, the less a person will get sick. Male orgasms can help to prevent the build-up of toxins in the body, and also can assist in good prostate health.

In addition to the physical benefits of having sex, a healthy and active sex life can help to relieve stress and give one a sense of well-being. Stress reduction, of course, has many physical and emotional benefits and also can contribute to weight loss. Even kissing and holding hands has been proven to reduce stress levels and also lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Sex can actually be seen as a holistic remedy, offering benefits in many different aspects of one’s life leading to less anxiety, lower levels of stress, reduced instances of depression, and contributes to more balanced and calmer emotional levels.

For fitness and weight loss, sex should be as vigorous and strenuous as possible and for as an extended period of time as possible. Positions that allow both parties to move as much as possible will increase the heart rate of both parties and help to work up a sweat, exhaust certain muscles, and raise the metabolism – all of which will burn calories even after the sexual encounter is over. Books of sexual positions, such as the Kama Sutra, can help one find positions that will be more athletic in nature and provide more of a workout.

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