Are horror movies part of your entertainment repertoire? Well, here’s a fascinating twist: it turns out that indulging in your favorite spine-chilling films might contribute to more than just thrills.
Researchers from the University of Westminster have discovered that a 90-minute horror movie can aid in burning approximately 150 calories.
It’s an intriguing revelation that equates to the caloric expenditure of a brisk jog or a half-hour walk.
How does this work?
Ten participants watched ten different horror movies while wearing devices that measured their heart rate, oxygen intake, and carbon dioxide output as part of a Lovefilm-funded study.
What did the study reveal?
The findings were intriguing: the participants’ heart rates and metabolism increased while watching the horror movies, leading to a higher calorie burn. The calories burned during a 90-minute horror film averaged around 150 calories, with variations based on the movie and individual factors.
The study also identified the top ten horror films for calorie burn, with The Shining (184 calories), Jaws (161 calories), and The Exorcist (158 calories) taking the lead.
These movies often included jump-scare moments, elevating viewers’ heart rates and adrenaline levels.
Dr. Richard Mackenzie, a senior lecturer, and specialist in cell metabolism and physiology at the University of Westminster, clarified that the rapid release of adrenaline due to short bursts of intense stress, such as fear induced by horror films, is known to suppress appetite, increase basal metabolic rate, and ultimately result in more calories burned.
While watching horror films, especially around Halloween, can be a fun and easy method to burn calories, it’s essential to note that it doesn’t replace the need for regular exercise and a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle involves a combination of factors.
However, incorporating horror films into your movie night can add an enjoyable and spooky element.
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