Love More, Sex

Sexercise: Why You NEED to be Doing It


Sexercise. You either just blushed when I said it, or you already have your pants unbuttoned. No judgment either way, but, full disclothesure (ha!), I’m going to try to convince you to get comfy with the concept.

I may not be Dr. Ruth, but this I know: A healthy sex life is an important part of living your most Nutritious Life. Is it as important as eating empowered, sleeping deep, stressing less, and all of my other pillars? You bet.

Sex is good for you. It helps you recover from stressors better, strengthens your immune system, benefits your heart health and lowers blood pressure. Need more sex benefits?

Sex prevents prostate cancer in men.

It prevents bladder cancer in women.

It’s a mood booster.

It’s a pain alleviator.

It can help you lose weight.

It can help you look younger and sleep better.

And the one tiny detail we don’t focus on enough is that sex is actually a form of exercise as well. It strengthens muscles and burns about 3 – 4 calories per minute, kind of like biking at a light to moderate pace. So if you haven’t been biking because your tire is flat or your chain is loose or your handlebars are rusty, no more excuses. You don’t even need a bike.

There’s plenty of sexercise apps out there to help you calculate your, er, expenditure and keep track of your favorite ways of expendituring. Yep, there’s an app for that.

There’s a sexercise website devoted to helping you and your partner record those passionate calories burned and it even plots it on a graph for all you visual learners out there. It also tells you the equivalent exercises that would have burned the same amount of calories, and how many ounces of that glass of red wine you burned off.

There’s probably a lot of other resources out there but I don’t want to get you in trouble if you’re reading this while at work. You can do that research on your own.

Speaking of research, it tells us that the more lovin’ you get in, the more lovin’ you’ll enjoy. It’s a self-fulfilling wellness wheel that you should climb on responsibly. Basically, sexercise should fit neatly sometime between waking up and falling asleep, like brushing your teeth or checking your email. If you tend to brush your teeth or check your email a lot, bonus.

Most of us just think of the fun side of sex, not the fact that it’s actually good for your health. I’m not telling you to skip your morning run, or that you don’t need the spin class. I’m just saying that maybe it’s time to enhance your workout with a little between-the-sheets cross-training.

Now stop blushing, keep unbuttoning your pants, and get your sexercise on.


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