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This story originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.
A new study has revealed some interesting things about the number of calories couples burn while having sex. There's long been a myth that sex somehow burns more calories than an equivalent hour of cardio at the gym. Unfortunately for everyone who's been substituting a mile on the treadmill will a couple extra sessions of intercourse, it's not the case. Further, the study has found that the number of calories burned aren't equal between sexes. As it turns out, men seem to burn approximately 101 calories, while women burned 69 (go ahead, make jokes) calories on average during lovemaking (via the Daily Mail).
The research was conducted by monitoring 21 different heterosexual couples during four separate instances of carnal relations (if you're doing the math at home, that's 84 sessions contributing to the survey), and the couples were specifically instructed to avoid "unusual" activities as well as any sex-enhancing drugs such as Viagra. The researchers believe that the reason for this discrepancy is pretty simple: men are doing more of the work, and therefore are more active during sex.
Now before anyone starts a riot, it is noted that individual results vary, and these are the averages of only 21 different couples, not exactly a large cross-section. So although sex might not be able to replace your regular workout routine, the amount of calories burnt are really going to depend on how active you are in the sack.
But sex expert Tracey Cox claims that sex has benefits a workout at the gym just can't give you.
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