It might sound like an odd question: of course orgasm is sexual, you say. But it may not be as clear cut as you think.

An interesting study I spotted in a special issue of the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy showed that women could have orgasms, just from exercising. Not very sexy but sounds like good fun!

This type of orgasm I’m talking about is sometimes referred to as a “coregasm” because of its association with exercises that involve core abdominal muscles.

According to study author Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the most common activity associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting.

The findings are based on the results of online surveys completed by 124 women between the ages of 18 and 63, who reported experiencing exercise-induced orgasms and 246 women who experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure. Most of the women were married or in a relationship and about 69 percent were heterosexual.

The excitement was not just a one-off either; about 40 percent of the women who had experienced exercise-induced orgasms and exercise-induced sexual pleasure had done so on more than 10 occasions. Most of the women were not fantasizing.

So what works? I knew you’d be asking that!

Abdominal exercises accounted for 51 percent of exercise-induced orgasms, followed by weight lifting (27 percent), yoga (20 percent), bicycling (16 percent), running (13 percent) and walking/hiking (10 percent).

Around 20% of the women said they could not prevent the orgasm. Well, they might have said that just because they were embarrassed. In any case, why would you want to block it? Prudery?

Never mind masturbation: go to the gym and have fun, I say… You can get fit at the same time!

[SOURCE: Indiana University, news release, March 19, 2012]