You can forget about kegels for now: A recent study states that the only fitness regimen you need to enhance your sexual pleasure may be your morning workout.
According to MedicalXpress, these so-called “coregasms” are female orgasms induced by core muscle exercises. The theory has been discussed anecdotally for years, but these findings from Indiana University are the first to offer scientific proof of their existence:
The findings are published in a special issue of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, a leading peer-reviewed journal in the area of sex therapy and sexual health. Co-author is J. Dennis Fortenberry, M.D., professor at the IU School of Medicine and Center for Sexual Health Promotion affiliate.
The results are based on surveys administered online to 124 women who reported experiencing exercise-induced orgasms (EIO) and 246 women who experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure (EISP). The women ranged in age from 18 to 63. Most were in a relationship or married, and about 69 percent identified themselves as heterosexual.
So what are the right moves to try to add a little 'oomph!' to your morning workout regime? Below are some key findings:
About 40 percent of women who had experienced EIO and EISP had done so on more than 10 occasions.
Most of the women in the EIO group reported feeling some degree of self-consciousness when exercising in public places, with about 20 percent reporting they could not control their experience.
Most women reporting EIO said they were not fantasizing sexually or thinking about anyone they were attracted to during their experiences.
Diverse types of physical exercise were associated with EIO and EISP. Of the EIO group, 51.4 percent reported experiencing an orgasm in connection with abdominal exercises within the previous 90 days. Others reported experiencing orgasm in connection to such exercises as weight lifting (26.5 percent), yoga (20 percent), bicycling (15.8), running (13.2 percent) and walking/hiking (9.6 percent).
In open-ended responses, ab exercises were particularly associated with the "captain's chair," which consists of a rack with padded arm rests and back support that allows the legs to hang free. The goal is to repeatedly lift the knees toward the chest or toward a 90-degree angle with the body.
Of course, it would seem self-conscious exercising in public spaces before suddenly having an orgasm while lifting weights. And it doesn’t really tell us whether or not exercise can actually improve women’s sex lives. But hey, it's still good to know that orgasms can happen even without sex, and you still end up with a banging body in the process!