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10 Romantic Ways to Burn Calories

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One of the most common reasons why people are unable to stick to exercise regiments is because they become boring after a while. So in order to make your work-out sessions more enjoyable and in the bargain, improve your bonding with your partner, here are ten romantic ways to burn calories.

  1. Kissing

    While kissing has long been a form of social greeting in some cultures, it is primarily seen as a gesture of romantic love. The meeting of lips is one of the most tender ways one can bond with a partner. And yet the benefits of kissing extend far beyond its feel-good effects since puckering up for a beloved can burn some calories too. Despite the extreme reactions a French Kiss evokes – some find it gross while lovers feel nothing can beat it as a turn-on –  it can actually turn out to be a good work out for facial muscles. A serious bit of tongue tangling action, which is an essential part of a French kiss, would end up exercising all the underlying muscles of the face. And this could go a long way in keeping you looking younger, not to mention happier.

    In fact kissing not only leads to a facial workout but may even help you lose weight by burning calories. In the course of a really passionate kiss, a lover may be burning two calories every minute which is roughly double the metabolic rate of the average person. When compared to the fact that jogging on the treadmill can help you lose 11.2 calories a minute, kissing seems a particularly enjoyable way to shed some excess calories.
     
  2. Having sex

    In fact should you happen to follow up your passionate liplock by some amorous action between the sheets, you would stand to lose even more weight. This is because unlike posting Facebook updates or watching telly, sex is one of those pleasurable things that cannot be done in a sedentary posture – to the get the best of your lover, you need to get moving. Like any other vigorous physical activity, sex burns calories and thus acts as a great work-out routine. It uses every muscle group in the body and gives the heart and lungs a high-octane aerobic work-out. Thus apart from bringing you close to your beloved, sex helps you to maintain an ideal weight which in turn prevents a host of health problems like diabetes, hypertension and heart conditions. Even the pot of gold at the end of the love-making marathon has benefits similar to a workout – in other words, the orgasm attained like all forms of exercise is useful for reducing weight and keeping the body in shape. In fact, according to some estimates, one can burn up to 200 calories during just a half-hour love-making session which is practically the same caloric expenditure as a brisk walk.
     
  3. Making out

    If you do not have the time to go the whole hog, even a sizzling clothes-on make-out session with a partner may help you to burn some calories. Apart from the effect of physical actions of kissing, rubbing, kneading and so on, it is the anticipation of the goodies in the waiting that can turn out to be the most intense caloric blaster. This is because anticipation gets the heart rate going - It gives way to heavy breathing, which gives way to a great calorie burn. You can maximize the workout benefits of active foreplay even further by making it hotter and sweatier. The hotter the room and the sweatier the make-out session, the more calories you burn. For greater fun and variety you can try rolling around on the bed or changing your scenery – a makeout sessions that is both playful and erotic is sure to be a better alternative to a gym session anyday.
     
  4. Romantic Games

    Romantic games work wonders to bring you close to each other in a light hearted and interesting way. But one that involves a getting up and moving about is also sure to present added benefits in the form of burning calories. So the next times you and your partner have some free time, chuck out the TV remote and bring out the Twister board instead. This is one of the most popular choices when it comes to having plain unadulterated fun. The box of this classic game includes a spinner and a plastic mat marked with colored circles. After the dial is spun, players are required to move a hand or foot to the marked circles. As the game progresses, it becomes increasingly necessary to contort one’s body into ludicrous poses and herein lies the fun. Very often even before the end of the game, players succumb to laughter and the limitations of the human body. But before that the acrobatic poses have ensured that you have burned some calories. For an even more romantic take, play the adult version of Twister in which the winner ends up asking for a sensual favor from his/her opponent.
     
  5. Giving a massage

    While giving a massage is sure to figure pretty top on your partner’s wish-list of favors from you, consider the fact that in this case, the giver gets to lose calories too. As it turns out, giving a good massage can get your heart rate up and kick your body into calorie-burning mode. But in order to get the most of its work-out benefits, you need not speed things up. Instead, consider going slower and deeper which apart from giving more sensual pleasure to your partner will burn more calories for you since this technique works different muscles. You can further ramp up your calorie-busting efforts by working on your partner on a massage table—it's easier on your body and standing to give a massage burns more calories. So go ahead and give your guy or girl a long, sensuous rubdown – you will not only be earning brownie points for yourself by making your partner happy but in the bargain, maintaining your own figure too.
     
  6. Swimming

    What can be more romantic than frolicking with your partner in the beach on a hot summer day or skinny-dipping with your beloved in your private pool? Even 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.
     
  7. Latin Dancing

    Dancing has long been one of the most popular forms of romantic activity – whether on a date for a new couple or a long-married one celebrating a silver wedding anniversary. But dancing, can actually do more than bring you closer to your partner – like any other vigorous physical exercise, a good romp on the dance floor can burn significant amounts of calories too. However in order to get the best work-out benefits, eschew slow, cheek-to-cheek dancing and instead sign up for Latin dancing classes. 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, you’ll burn more than 200 calories an hour.
     
  8. Giving a show

    Many couples vouch for the benefits of role playing in their sexual relationship. And one of the ideas that you can try out to rev up your sex life as well as work at a killer figure is to give your partner a show. Strip shows or pole dancing is a great way to burn calories since they incorporate many physical actions which blast calories, build strength, and improve flexibility. In fact at the end of a sixty-minute pole-dancing session, you can burn up to a whopping 600 calories. Not to mention the fact that at the end of your very own private show, you may end up with a fistful of dollar bills tucked in your waistband.
     
  9. Giving a blow-job

    Being on the giving end of oral sex may be just as effective as a quick stint on the elliptical machine, burning around hundred calories every half hour. But if you want to take your calorie-burning to the next level, you can try to incorporate push-ups in the act or perhaps a bit of yoga. To go about this, you can try plank position into downward facing dog, and back into plank where you can lower down and do some oral stimulation on our partner. Notch up an extra 71 extra calories burned when you do push-ups, and 35 additional calories by mixing in some yoga.
     
  10. Walking hand-in-hand

    Finally consider taking a romantic walk with your beloved amidst the pretty outdoors. You can not only bond better by walking hand-in-hand but end up shedding some of those extra pounds too. Even a very slow stroll – at the speed of just about 2 miles per hour - can burn nearly 150 calories in an hour. In fact get into the mood and boost your pace to about 3.5 mph and you might slash away around 250 calories in an hour-long romantic walk.