Study suggests people lie about sex, exercise

The "Observer-Expectancy Effect" can alter the behavior of research subjects. (Getty Images)

The "Observer-Expectancy Effect" can alter the behavior of research subjects. (Getty Images)

Various media outlets are reporting on a new study that suggests sex is a better form of exercise than walking.

The New York Post headline says “Sex can be good, but not great, exercise.”

But let’s take a closer gander at the study by researchers at Montreal’s University of Quebec and reveal its myriad flaws.

  • The study strapped sensors to 21 heterosexual couples ages 18 to 35. Why is this a flaw? People in that age range probably burn the most calories during sex, which skews the average.
  • Most sex session lasted 25 minutes, the study alleges. Hmmmm … that seems a bit on the long side. Are the people of Canada missing entire sitcoms to have sex? This seems unlikely.
  • Some sessions lasted almost an hour. Were people in this study snorting Viagra? Normal people don’t routinely have sex for an hour. Heck, I’ve never seen it go more than a few minutes in a movie and those people are in shape and good looking.
  • The shortest session recorded was 10 minutes. Call me crazy, but I can easily envision a man tasked with wearing a sex sensor explaining to his wife that he’s mounting the electronic device on a paint shaking machine because he doesn’t want anyone to know his real max doesn’t run longer than a Hockey Night in Canada commercial break.
  • Men burned an average of 101 calories (4.2 per minute) during sex. That’s about two-thirds of a Sweetwater 420 or less than half of a fresh Zagnut. I’m not sure that should be considered exercise.
  • Women burned less energy during sex. This is the only thing in the study I believe, but I find it mildly fanciful that researchers say women burn 69 calories, or 3.1 per minute.

Researchers in Alabama did their own study on sex between non-cousins, which took them a while to complete, but the findings are much more believable. According to that study sex lasts an average of 4 minutes and burns 21 calories.

Here’s news from non-Canadian sources you can believe:

27 comments Add your comment


October 29th, 2013
8:45 am

Here comes the many Lies….Let them Rip Guys!


October 29th, 2013
8:46 am

Alabama part was way funny. Good job George!


October 29th, 2013
8:59 am

Were the women on top in this study?


October 29th, 2013
9:21 am

Hey,I consider sex a form of excercise.


October 29th, 2013
9:23 am

Not if they only were burning 3.1 calories per minute, Bendaho…


October 29th, 2013
9:24 am

2 minute workout Jack!

(the other) Rodney

October 29th, 2013
9:53 am

And, the sky is blue and grass is green – these are things we know. ;)


October 29th, 2013
9:57 am

Yeah, I wish I hadn’t been sipping coffee when I hit that last paragraph. Monitor is cleaner now though!


October 29th, 2013
10:05 am

most of the time was spent chasing her around the house!

Tim T.

October 29th, 2013
10:10 am

I’m a sprinter myself.


October 29th, 2013
10:26 am

I’m from Alabama, Mr. Mathis. Let’s see some of those studies done with farm animals. Bet that calorie count would go way up!


October 29th, 2013
10:38 am

Study Suggests People Lie About Sex, Exercise, Obamacare and Benghazi

–Fixed the headline for you George


October 29th, 2013
10:55 am

Pointless study.

Did a third grader write this article? Care to preform some journalism and find scientific fact to counter the university’s claims instead of mealy making fun of it? Have you considered studying journalism before trying to publish an article or are the AJC standards this low?


October 29th, 2013
11:35 am

Will The Real Minute MEN, Please Stand UP and be Counted……..


George Mathis

October 29th, 2013
11:39 am

Must I preform mealy to appease every commenter! Please tell me this isn’t what I signed on for!?

Peach that Left

October 29th, 2013
12:23 pm

Your commentary is sad, George. Are you suggesting that people who have sex for two hours are abnormal?


October 29th, 2013
12:29 pm

Oh get over it people…everybody is looking to be offended and few are looking to just smile and appreciate life as it is. I thought it was quite funny and well done actually.


October 29th, 2013
1:37 pm

There’s an app4that *____*


October 29th, 2013
1:38 pm

At my age sex is a distant memory.


October 29th, 2013
3:01 pm

What’s sex?

A. Teesman

October 29th, 2013
3:59 pm

90 minutes once. True story.

Mayor Kassim Reed

October 29th, 2013
4:48 pm

What about the differences between poor performing white males versus us “hung like a horse” Black guys? Has to be some bruthas in Canada???


October 29th, 2013
5:40 pm

90 minutes all the time! True story!

Bill Clinton's Love Child

October 29th, 2013
6:39 pm

Thor, if that was true you would be in the movies and not posting to George Mathis blogs! Oops, I’ll take that back. Maybe there’s another reason you’re not in the movies but to your defense, I guess it’s not the size of the boat but the motion of the ocean, right? Keep up the good work!


October 29th, 2013
7:02 pm

Non cousins. Alabama. Hilarious.

Well ok, not really.


October 29th, 2013
7:14 pm

The study strapped sensors to 21 heterosexual couples ages 18 to the exclusion of gays? That’s discriminatory.


October 29th, 2013
11:01 pm

Thank you, Bill Clinton! I’ll give it my best shot!