Get double the bedroom benefits with exercises that improve your body and relationship. Martha Lee, clinical sexologist at Eros Coaching, reveals where to start.
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The humpty rabbit fab for: rock-hard abs
Squat above your partner and use your PC muscle (the muscle that stretches from your pubic bone to the tail bone) to grip him. Get some support by placing your hands on his chest to guide yourself, and move by using your hip and core muscles. Get him to lift his head (or place his head on a folded pillow) so that he contracts his abs. CALORIES BURNT EACH MINUTE: 2-3 In half an hour, burn up to 90 calories.
The rocking horse fab for: toned guns
Sit facing each other with your legs extending straight out behind one another. Next, stretch out your arms and hold each other by the wrists or forearms. Take turns pulling each other so you’re gently moving back and forth like a rocking horse. Begin slowly and increase your speed as you move together and get more comfortable – your arms will thank you later. CALORIES BURNT EACH MINUTE: 2-3 In half an hour, burn up to 90 calories.
The entwined snakes fab for: tight thighs
Lie on your side and drape one leg over him as he lies on his side, facing you. Get him to hold on to your thigh or bottom as he pulls you towards him. Apart from working your core and quadriceps muscles, this wonderful position for eye-gazing boosts intimacy. CALORIES BURNT EACH MINUTE: 2-5 In half an hour, burn up to 150 calories.
The laughing monkeys fab for: the sexiest silhouette
Get your man to sit up (not against the wall), then sit on his lap facing him. Hold on to his neck with your hands, lean back, and raise your legs in the air in a straddle while the two of you move back and forth. Seems hardcore, but get this position right and you’re on your way to a firmer core, arms and legs… and potential fitness fireworks. He’ll also feel the heat in his arms and legs from supporting you. *CALORIES BURNT EACH MINUTE: 3-7 In half an hour, burn up to 210 calories.
The soaring eagle fab for: a firm bum
He goes on top, while you lie on your back. Extend your legs to the sides (as though doing a spilt), arch your back and lift your hips off the bed. Maintain this position to work your muscles as you build up a rhythm. You’ll feel the burn in your bottom and thighs, while his abs will be in top gear. For additional support, hold on to his arms or back. CALORIES BURNT EACH MINUTE: 2-5 In half an hour, burn up to 150 calories.
The aroused dragon fab for: a lean lower half
Stand-up moves look sensational in films but are hard to pull off in real life as they require balance, strength and coordination. With his back against the wall, press against him as you move together – the key here is to remain upright to work your calves, thighs, core and lower abdominal muscles. If you’re much shorter than him, stand on tiptoe or support yourself on one leg as you move in sync. CALORIES BURNT EACH MINUTE: 3-4 In half an hour, burn up to 120 calories.
Additional source for calories burnt: Karen Lee, chief fitness consultant and founder of Karenlee.Fitness LLP (www.karenlee.fitness)