The perfect playlist helps get you in the mood. Sweat beads on your skin, your heart races and your muscles contract. What popped to mind first — your last great workout or your last sex session? Working out and getting busy between the sheets run along parallel cardiovascular, muscular and neurological pathways, which is why they set off similar chain reactions. Recently, researchers have made important discoveries about the body and brain connections of sex and exercise.
Can You Get Fit With Sex?
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We know that exercise has tons of benefits — building strength, sleeping better, stressing less. But if you need another reason to ramp up your fitness game, this one should do it: better sex! So throw any preconceived notions you might have had out the window and get ready to sweat so your bedroom time can sizzle. Nothing kills the mood like thinking about work piling up, kids and pets that need to be looked after, or chores that need to be done.
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Even though exercise comes with a long list of benefits, we all still hate doing it. Is it possible that the perfect solution has been there all along? Could sex be the answer to staying fit while having fun, too? Scientists admit that sex can get your heart rate up and that yes, it is a moderately intense form of exercise. But the duration of sex around 10 minutes combined with the frequency of sex on average, two to three times per week for the average American couple might make sex a poor substitute for your gym membership.