Are you feeling inspired to rev up your fitness regime in light of Olympic-mania but the thought of actually taking up running or synchronised swimming brings on a cold sweat?
Why not try an exercise that gets you hot and sweaty (in a good way), burns calories, keeps you fit and has the added bonus of an orgasm (or three)?
"The Olympic Games are almost here, with bubbling excitement and racing pulses we get geared up for the one of the biggest events Britain's ever seen," Annabelle Knight, expert for online sex toy retailer, Love Honey, told HuffPost Lifestyle.
"It's safe to say that most of us won't be burning off that excitement with a javelin or shot put, instead thousands of Britons will be turning down the lights and turning up the heat in the bedroom to burn off all that energy."
Aside from its obvious benefits (wink, wink), lovemaking can boost your overall health and ultimately make you happier, fit and more relaxed.
"Sex sessions with my man Mike keeps me fit," reveals fitness guru to the stars and founder of MakeOverEssex, Rachel Evans.
"I burn calories when on top, giving me a good cardio workout which engages my abs and thighs and arms before I orgasm, which releases endorphins and raises serotonin levels. It definitely keeps me calm, content and very happy."
"Sex keeps me fit. Unlike running, where I get bored quickly, having a sex marathon with my man keeps me happier, longer and mentally aware."
With the London 2012 Olympics in full swing, be inspired by the muscle flexing, sweat oozing and grunting from the Olympians by bringing the sports from the stadium into your bedroom.
From 'the skewered hurdler' to 'the bow and arrow', take a look at these Olympic-style sex positions by Emily Dubberley, sex expert and author of Acrobatic Sex Positions, out in December.
Ready, Steady, Oooh!
Do you want to <em>really</em> get into the spirit of the London 2012 Games? Get busy under the sheets with these Olympic-inspired sex positions that are guaranteed to pass the time during the boring bits. Tips provided by <strong>Emily Dubberley</strong>, author of upcoming book, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acrobatic-Sex-Positions-Moves-Crazy/dp/1592335373" target="_hplink"><em><strong>Acrobatic Sex Positions</strong></em></a>, available in December. Emily is also founder of erotic blog, <a href="http://www.cliterati.co.uk/" target="_hplink"><em>Cliterati</em></a>.
<strong>How To:</strong> The man lies on the bed with his buttocks at the edge of the bed, legs in the air. The woman starts by lying on top of the man with her back against his chest and pelvis above his, then slides onto him. She should then gradually sit up and lean forward, taking it slowly to ensure she doesn't bend her man the wrong way. Once the woman is sitting up, she should slowly lower her legs onto the floor then rock back and forth as desired. The man should keep his legs raised throughout (thus allowing easy access for the woman to reach between her own legs to stroke his penis and balls) though he can rest them against the woman's back if this proves too hard on his thighs. <strong>Acrobatic tip:</strong> The woman should use her love muscles to raise herself, Pilates style, when starting this position. Not only will it make things easier, but it'll tighten everything up, too.
<strong>How To</strong>: The woman lies on her back on the bed with her hips aligned with the edge of the bed and legs splayed. The man then does a handstand at the side of the bed, with his body angled toward the bed to allow him to slide inside her. The woman controls the thrusts by flexing her pelvic floor muscles and arching her hips off the bed. <strong>Acrobatic Tip:</strong> If the man is über-fit, he can control his thrusts by pumping his arms push-up style. This is not for the faint-hearted!
The Skewered Hurdler
<strong>How To:</strong> The guy lies back leaning against a sofa or bed for support. The woman then straddles him sideways splits-style, resting her hands on the floor to allow her to control her bouncing. The man can assist by putting his hands on her hips to help her move up and down should she start to tire. <strong>Acrobatic Tip: </strong> The seriously bendy babe can try leaning all the way forward to rest her head against her ankle, thus giving constant clitoral contact against the guy's upper thigh. If the guy's as limber as the woman, he can also do the splits, thus allowing easy access to his balls and bottom. Male G-spot stimulation, you say? That'll do nicely.
<strong>How To:</strong> Lie on the bed missionary style, with the man on top of the woman and his weight supported on his hands. He should then start doing press ups, letting his lips meet his lover's every time their faces meet. Once he is feeling suitably warmed up, swap positions so that the woman is on top and has to do press ups to kiss her man. <strong>Acrobatic Tip:</strong> When you're both feeling as if your upper body is primed and ready for action, it's time to put your lower half through its paces.
<strong>How To:</strong> The woman wraps her legs around the man's waist and slides onto him. The man puts his arms around her waist, and the woman slowly relaxes her body entirely, leaving the man to totally support her weight and move her body as he desires. <strong>Acrobatic Tip:</strong> The woman can raise one or both legs to rest against the man's shoulders to deepen penetration - but don't even think of trying this unless the man is very strong indeed, and the woman has a toned pelvic floor.
The Deep Bender
<strong>How To:</strong> The woman lies on the bed with her head hanging over the side. The man then straddles her face and slides inside her mouth, then squats down to touch his fingers to the floor and enjoy deep throat into the bargain. <strong>Acrobatic Tip:</strong> The woman can put her hands on the man's hips to control the pace and help avoidgagging. However, by hanging her head backwards, she'll lengthen her throat which should minimise the risk.
The Bow and Arrow
<strong>How To:</strong> It's time for spreading those thighs wide once more, but this time the woman can use her hands to help her maintain the position. She simply lies on the floor or bed with her legs spread as widely as possible and hands gripping her ankles. Talk about an open invitation for the guy to kneel between her thighs and start thrusting! Caressing the thighs as he thrusts will add extra-sensual pleasure for the woman. <strong>Acrobatic Tip:</strong> For a real challenge, the guy can spread his thighs equally wide and lean forward to kiss his lover. Yep, it's a stretch, but the clitoral stimulation it provides will make his partner's squeals all the reward that he needs.