Does Sex Count as Exercise?

Dash Eva
I am a fitness enthusiast. I enjoy the lifestyle and I love writing about the field. As a hobby, I give people advice people how to get in shape based on research and personal experience.
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comluvAccording to research, women who exercise on a regular basis tend to have a more active sex life. They are able to reach orgasm at a quicker rate and get turned on easier than women who don’t live an active lifestyle. Furthermore, the more fit a woman is, the more sexual position she will be able to try and the longer the sex will last. It’s obvious that being fit will improve your sex life, but the question is does sex improve your fitness level?

Sex as Cardio

It has been monitored that sex has the same internal effect on your body as cardio. Your heart rate goes up, you get a metabolism boost, calories are burned, and your muscles get a stretch. Sex has even proven to better your immune system and get rid of stress just like going out for a run would do.

On average, people have sex for 30 minutes each session. During those time, the individuals could burn anywhere between 50 – 100 calories. The amount of calories you burn will depends on how much effort that was put into it, how much you weigh, the position and duration.

Sex as Strength Training

A lot of muscles are used during sex. Whether your love making session will count as exercise or not will depend on the position in which you were getting busy. If you are on top, it will workout your legs and arms. The back and forth motion is a good way to firm up your abs, and glutes, which will have a positive effect on your posture.

So far, the argument seems to be going in favor of sex being a good way to get a workout but don’t throw away your gym membership yet. There are some other factors to consider.

Strength training is defined as giving the major muscle groups in your body a workout where they are used to their full capacity. It’s true sex targets some of muscle groups, but the impact isn’t vigorous enough for it to count as strength training. As far as cardio goes, if things are heated up enough, it can spike up your heart rate high enough to burn a decent amount of calories. But, odds are, you will focusing more on the pleasure rather than keeping track of your heart rate in order make sure that it stays at the needed level

Conclusion: Does Sex Count as Exercise?

The bottom line is, sex can’t replace a decent workout routine. If you are not in the mood to go to the gym every once in a while, then lighting some candles, putting up some romantic music to have a good time with your partner is a good alternative. It will pump up your heart rate, relaxes your body and burn a little calorie. But, the effects won’t be intense enough for sex to be considered a workout routine. 


  1. Twitter:
    hi Dash,

    Great post and nice topic. Yes i agree that sex is not an alternative of Excercise but if it can do 70-80 % of what we can do with excercise then i will love this. Lovely post Dash please keep posting
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  2. Hello Dash,
    Seriously to me, i will count sex as exercise because you always feel the impact when you do it. and it is also advisable for high bp patience to have sex because it help balance the heart.
    Nice post by the way. do have a wonderful weekend :)
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  3. If I am not wrong, I read somewhere that it burns calories to great extent, not sure about how much calorie you burn. I think sex is really good for fat people.
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  4. Twitter:
    A refreshing topic dash. already read so much about blogging, you’ve come up with a great article. You’ve written things beautifully about sex as an exercise to burn your calories. I would rate it among the top 2 exercise to keep yourself fit along with swimming. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article mate. Keep up the good work.
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  5. Twitter:
    I never knew that Sex Counts as an exercise.
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  6. Twitter:
    Never thought about it this way. If you don’t feel like going to the gym…Have some sex to combat your laziness of no gym? Can’t lose there! Great read indeed. :)
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  7. Twitter:
    Hello Dash,

    Anyone that argues that sex is no exercise has never had marathon sex yet. Your whole body is worked up and there isn’t any nerve or sinew that is not implicated.

    Great entry Dash…do have a great week!

    – Terungwa
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  8. Twitter:
    I am single at the moment.. but if thats really true i think i should find a girl sooon.
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  9. Twitter:
    For really?
    This have never hit my mind in any way. But now according to the confirmation am getting from the comments then I think it is true. Thanks fro sharing Dash. At least today I have learnt something new.
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  10. Any exercise activity that increases heart rate is better than none. And if you can incorporate something that you like doing – well, that’s a recipie for ongoing success! Good topic.

  11. Twitter:
    This is the first post I’m actually coming across in relationship to sex and exercise. I don’t really know how true it may be but I think from the points you have made that it can also count as exercise. Thanks for sharing
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  12. Twitter:
    Very amzingarticle and I enjoyed reading it :)
    Thanks Dash, I become aware to know about my wife, she is the kind of woman who live an active lifestyle and sports. I became more challenged and want to be more active in order to keep up in the “exercises” is :D
    So, thank you for this great post Dash.

  13. Chris Watson says:

    50 to 100 calories in 30 minutes in my opinion is not enough to really consider sex exercise. I’ve done workouts where I’ve burnt 600 calories in that same time period but hey its still fun right? lol

  14. Hey this is a great informative post. It is cool to find out that sex is a cardio .. and benefits the body. I think i should get married soon now

  15. Twitter:
    Men’s Health Magazine quoted that “bed is the single greatest piece of exercise equipment ever invented.” A spirited 30 minutes encounter is almost equal to running 15 minutes on a treadmill.
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  16. Twitter:
    Fun article. I love sex, and I love working out!! I like how you guys are judging calories, haha… sometimes you burn 600 calories working out, sometimes you burn 600 calories slamming your girl into the bed post. It could be less, it could be more, but in 30 minutes I’ve dripped just as much sweat on my lover, as I have in 30 minutes of skipping.
    Thinking about that, do guys burn more calories… or girls??
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  17. Twitter:
    Nice one here Dash Eva

    Yes, sex does count as exercise. You can burn so many calories during sex. Sometimes sex can last for hours, depends, :).

    You’ll be surprised of how much weight one can lose just from sex.
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  18. Twitter:
    Hey Dash,
    Nice article Thanks for sharing this with us. After reading lots of post on blogging, this post really work as refreshment for me. Sex really helps in burn calories and very helpful for those who have not so much time for gym. Sex really help us in keep fit and also make our mood good.
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  19. Twitter:
    I think it does or should! you burn a lot of calories from having sex. So in my opinion I would say Yes sex does count as a exercises!
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  20. Twitter:
    I think i will dare to disagree with you. Everything depends on how much of the act that counts as sex. If you are into having public sex, and then in the middle of the fun you are suddenly interrupted by someone entering that part of the library together with the police (and of course there is an escape door right behind you), then i think that sex is even better than a regular cardio workout. Run MF Run..

    Thank you for a interesting post =)

  21. AprilBraswell says:

    It’s more cardio typically for the man than for the lady. Most people over 50 at midlife are more than happy to have a physically active marriage bed.


    April Braswell

  22. Sex may not be an alternative to good exercise but it is definitely stress buster. You’re stress and the best medicine I can recommend as experience is sex. Go for it :)

  23. This is a nice and informative post, sec can not replace exercise but somehow it is a better option if you are not in a mood of going out for workout. This is really nice.
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  24. Twitter:
    This proposition needs more research. …yep. :)
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