We're all looking for a few ways to shed a few pounds and burn off some calories. What could be better than burning them off with your partner and boosting your libido at the same time. Here's a list of seven sexy ways to burn calories.
1. Take a romantic walk
Consider ambling the first base of lovey-dovey sweat sessions. Even a very slow stroll (about 2 miles per hour) burns nearly 150 calories. Boost your pace to about 3.5 mph and youâ€™ll torch about 250 calories in 60 minutes. Plus, for men, thereâ€™s an added perk to hoofing it: A study from Boston University found that a 2-mile walk each day may reduce the risk of impotence.
2. Give a massage
A good old-fashioned rubdown will help your partner relax while giving you a chance to shed 290 calories in one hour. Just donâ€™t shortchange your partnerâ€”in order to reap the maximum calorie-burning benefits, you need to stand up while giving the massage.
3. Sign up for pole-dancing lessons
You wonâ€™t come home with a fistful of dollar bills, but pole dancing classesâ€”available at many gyms and dance studiosâ€”are a great way to blast calories, build strength, and improve flexibility. Not to mention that youâ€™ll feel super sexy while you sweat (some classes even invite participants to come in heels!). You can burn up to a whopping 600 calories in a 60-minute class.
4. Try Latin dancing
If weâ€™ve learned anything from Dancing with the Stars, itâ€™s that doing the cha-cha, tango, salsa or rumba is a surefire way to rev your libido and slim down. In addition to spending some sultry sweat time with the one you love, youâ€™ll burn more than 200 calories an hour.
No, thereâ€™s no burn bonus for stripping down to your skivvies (or less), but a leisurely swim kills about 435 calories in an hour, and treading water knocks out 290. Research has also indicated that swimming may alleviate depression and anxiety, which makes for a happier, more relaxed relationship.
A kiss holds the power to transform frogs into princes and also to turn calories into dust. Okay, so making out wonâ€™t magically slim you downâ€”but 60 minutes of smooching will burn about 70 calories (about three Hersheyâ€™s Kissesâ€™ worth!).
7. Do the deed
Making whoopee, knocking boots, getting busy: No matter what you call it, sex burns calories. A one-hour session will effectively eliminate about 100 big ones. Start working on your stamina so you can enjoy a guilt-free postcoital snack!