Chus Martinez On SexercisePosted: June 30, 2013
Sexercises are physical exercises performed during sexual intercourse, sexual foreplay, or in preparation for sexual activity designed to tone, build, and strengthen muscles. Sexercises are often performed as part of a sex diet lifestyle, which seeks to maximize the health benefits of regular sexual activity. While sexercises are usually performed with a partner, solitary masturbation might be considered a sexercise if done athletically for health and fitness.
Sexercises range from Kegel exercise (a variation on Pilates in which the pelvic floor muscles are tightened) to aerobic and cardiovascular routines. Flexibility for performing contortion specifically for erotic or sexual positions may also be practised. Most often this takes the form of spreading the legs for the missionary position, and arching of the back for doggy style. Intense forward bending may be practised in pursuit of autofellatio and the sought after, cartooned, and imagined autocunnilingus. Yoga, of course, was originally developed as a sexual discipline.
Arnold Kegel published his pelvic floor exercise in 1948. Now commonly called a Kegel exercise, these consist of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor – now sometimes colloquially referred to as the “Kegel muscles”. Several tools exist to help with these exercises, although various studies debate the relative effectiveness of this equipment versus traditional exercises. Kegel exercises are usually done to reduce urinary incontinence, reduce urinary incontinence after childbirth, and reduce premature ejaculation in men; as well as to increase the size and intensity of male erections, and to allow women to grip the male member tightly during penetrative sex. Joseph Pilates developed an earlier and more extensive health system that stressed pelvic floor strengthening, and this pre-Kegel system is now known as Pilates.
According to the British National Health Service Direct website, “sexercise” may lower the risk of heart attack and help you live longer. Endorphins released during orgasm stimulate immune system cells, which can also target illnesses like cancer, as well as reducing wrinkles. This NHS (ultimately the British government) advice was published under the headline “Get more than zeds in bed”.