STUPID: Does Going To The Movies Qualify As Light Exercise?
If you don't feel like hitting the treadmill or squat rack to get your daily does of exercise then maybe you should go see a movie. What? This can't be for real. Well, according to researchers at the University College London, seeing an exciting movie can raise your heart rate to the levels felt after going for a brisk walk.
The study tracked fifty people wearing biometric sensors to track their heart rate while watching the recent remake of Aladdin. The researchers say they found that for about 45 minutes the subjects' heart rates rose 40% to 80% higher than the maximum normal resting heart rate. Doctors say the normal heart rate for adults is between 60 to 100 beats per minute.
Many say disconnecting from everyday life and reality can be good. But in this case is it really like exercise? That could be a stretch.
So, basically they feel you're getting exercise=like benefits by just sitting there in your theater seat and doing nothing but look at a big screen. Of course, this doesn't factor popcorn and other movie snacks at all. That would erase any potential gains.
Also, screaming at your neighbors to be quiet during the movie or getting up to go to the bathroom eight times wasn't accounted for either.
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