Itâ€™s not surprising that you canÂ improve your sex life with exercise, but it may be even more fun to think about all of the ways that you can boost your exercise routine by getting it on.
In addition to burning calories and getting your cardiovascular system going, you can also get a strength workout just as good (well, maybe) as the one youâ€™d get at the gym with specific â€œsexercises.â€
Read on to find out how you can target individual muscle groups with different sex positions, some of which are surprisingly similar to exercises youâ€™re already doing!
1. Doggy Style
In addition to using their core muscles (like aÂ modified plank, perhaps?), the partner on the bottom will have to engage their hamstrings, quads, and glutes to stay in a stable position.
Likewise, the partner on top will have to use similar muscles to remain upright and balanced.
If the top partner stands instead of kneeling behind, thereâ€™s an opportunity for a significant leg workout, as well.
2. Lotus Position
This position is fairly reminiscent of yoga, and for good reason: it requires both strengthÂ andÂ flexibility.
Like yogaâ€™sÂ lotus pose, the lotus position involves significant hip flexor and abdominal stability and strength from the bottom partner, as well as a fully engaged core and strong glutes from the person on top.
3. Missionary Position
Although it may not be the most interesting of variations, doing it in the missionary position offers significant benefits to the core muscle groups.
All of that pelvic thrusting is kind of reminiscent of aÂ shoulder bridgeÂ â€“ just make sure you use your core muscles instead of your lower back to get the maximum bang for yourâ€¦ bang. (Added bonus, the partner on top may also get a great tricep workout depending on their hand placement.)
4. Standing Up
Whether one partner is being carried or is supported on a piece of furniture, having sex standing up is a great way to really improve the leg and abdominal strength of the standing partner.
Better yet, have one partner bend over and brace their hands on the floor or a low chair â€“ this will improve hamstring flexibility while also improving arm strength. Think of it like yogaâ€™s forward bend or, for the more daring,Â downward-facing dog.
5. Bridge Position
The bridge position also comes with a number of benefits that match the yoga pose of the same name.
Whether youâ€™re inÂ bridge poseÂ on a yoga mat or in bed (or anywhere else), youâ€™ll be engaging your abs, lower back, glutes, and countless other muscles to stabilize yourself.
Supporting yourself on your arms instead of your shoulders ads additional benefits for the biceps, triceps, and upper back muscles.
6. Lunge Position
Just like theÂ traditional lunge exercise, but with added distraction! With each partner in a lunge, this position targets the quadriceps and thighs, as well as the glutes and core.
In addition, the partner on top can also choose to face the opposite side.
Whatâ€™s your favorite â€œsexerciseâ€ position?