Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Weight Loss & Dieting

Researchers discover that sex can burn almost as many calories as jogging

See also

Counting calories, cutting carbohydrates and keeping up with your calisthenics can get monotonous. Now a new study offers a way to spice up your diet doldrums. Researchers have discovered that sex can be counted as a "significant" form of exercise, reported the Daily Express on Jan. 8.

Conducted in Canada, the study showed that you can burn as many calories in an hour of making love as in a 30-minute jog:

  • Men burn 120 calories during 30 minutes of sex.
  • Women burn 90 calories.

To conduct the study, University of Quebec researchers analyzed 20 couples who were told to have sex once a week for a month and jog on a treadmill for 30 minutes. The couples wore fitness trackers to determine the precise number of calories burned.

And when compared to other activities, researchers reported that sex is better for burning calories than taking a walk.

Want more ways to burn calories outside the gym? Try these:

  • Do housework for 30 minutes to burn 266 calories.
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers discovered that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day burns 40 calories.
  • Sing to burn 136 calories an hour.
  • Go shopping or clean out your closet and focus on changing clothes. Each time, you're burning 11 calories per garment.

And for ways to improve your weight loss that are diet-related:

  • Drink eight pints of iced water to burn 123 extra calories (the amount needed to heat that water up to body temperature).
  • Eat in front of a mirror. Researchers discovered that people ate one-third less food if they had to watch themselves eat.


  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!