Work Out While You Make Out: The Best Sexercise Positions
There is no way of knowing what the year ahead will bring; but one thing is for certain, and that is the tidal wave of selfies taken at the gym that flood social media throughout January, accompanied by the inevitable #newyearnewme hashtag.
Getting in shape is one of the most common New Year's resolutions. But why give your hard-earned money to a gym? Let's face it, you'll probably only go once or twice before flopping back onto the couch to watch Netflix for the other 363 days of the year.
Instead, why not aim to do more sex-ercise in 2017?
Sex-ercise is when you make a conscious effort to incorporate more exercise into your sex life. It makes a lot of sense. Sex is hands down the the most enjoyable activity in the world, so why not squeeze in a cheeky workout?
With this in mind, I've taken some common positions and highlighted the muscle groups they work. Just think of it as naked circuit training.
1. Missionary Position
If you think that being on the bottom means you can slack off, you've got another thing coming! Missionary can be a great workout for the abs and the glutes (that's your butt, people).
If you're on the bottom, try to grind using your core muscles and not your back. Your partner on top is thrusting towards you, and you should aim to match those thrusts by using your abs to propel yourself forward. If you use your back, you could do yourself a nasty injury, and no one wants that.
Squeeze your bum cheeks throughout this position, tensing, holding them and then releasing them at 10 second intervals. This should help you match your partner's grinding, and it's a great workout for your glutes. No slacking allowed!
2. Cowgirl Position
The cowgirl position engages multiple muscle groups, and you certainly don't need to be a girl to do it.
If you're on top, you're likely to be bracing yourself against the floor or the bed with your quads and calves. This is going to tense those leg muscles, as well putting your glutes and lower abs through their paces.
If they want to really feel the burn, the person on top can stretch out their arms and place their hands against a wall. This way, they can continue to ride their partner using more of their upper body strength, whilst getting a great shoulder workout at the same time. Yeeee-haw!
3. Lunge Position
I'm someone who hates doing lunges at the gym, so maybe doing lunges in bed will change my mind. In the lunge position the person on top sits on their partner with one leg bent, bracing themselves against the floor or the bed. The other leg should be extended behind them, lying more or less straight in between their partner's legs.
This is a powerhouse of a sex position, because it works the quad, core, glutes and hamstring of the person doing the lunge. The thigh of the bent leg is getting worked as it stabilises the lunger's body. The hip flexor of the extended leg is getting an awesome stretch in this scenario, which is great if you've been sitting in lectures or studying in the library all day.
4. Bridge Position
If you want to push yourself, the bridge position is for you! Just like doing a bridge in a normal workout, one person faces upward and uses both their arms and legs to hold their body weight up off the bed or floor. They then maintain this body bridge whilst they partner thrusts into them.
This is an advanced position that is going to work the abs, glutes, biceps, triceps, quads and the calves. This is because the person doing the bridge has to constantly stabilise their body to avoid falling down.
This is also a great one to measure your progress with. In the beginning, you may not be able to hold a bridge longer than a minute, but as your strength improves, you should be able to hold it for several.
These are only four positions that you can use to upgrade your sex into sexercise. Why not use this fun sex calculator to see how many calories you and your partner burn on average? And ladies, experts say you burn even more calories when you orgasm. So there’s another reason why you shouldn’t fake your big O - it’s bad for your health! Remember, before any sort of workout, you should warm up to avoid injury. So make sure you have lots of foreplay, OK?
Audrey Andrews is a student blogger for Lovehoney. In her spare time she loves to do craft, but would not advise knitting your own condoms.
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