Some people love a pounding gym workout to get them sweating, burn enough calories and leave them feeling great. For others, having sex is about as active as they get. So what if you could combine the two and “work out” with your partner to burn some calories? That’s much more enticing, right? “The secret to the best cardio workout in the world is between you and your partner. Changing sex positions can change your life and health, and probably spice up your relationship too,” says Lucky Mazibuko, founder and CEO of Pulse60Fitness Group.

And you can also exercise all your muscles at the same time, says sexologist Dr Babalwa Funda kaMabhoza. “It starts with the muscles used to grind your food and your tongue that ‘work out’ when you kiss, to the tensing and relaxation of other muscles in your body, resulting in muscle strength and conditioning, if done constantly,” she says.

But there’s a catch: you need to be an active participant and alternate the sex positions so that each partner gets an even workout over a period of at least 30 minutes. KaMabhoza, and life and sex coach Jade Zwane, have compiled sex positions that double up as exercise, while Mazibuko explains their tness benefits. Get ready to sweat! 

WANT TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE? GRAB THE MAY ISSUE OF TRUE LOVE, ON SALE NOW!