DHAKA: Watching scary movies can help you burn the calorific equivalent of a small chocolate bar, according to a study.
Next time you skip the gym, embrace your lazy side and pop in a horror film for an easy workout.
Those who watched a 90-minute horror film were likely to burn up to 113 calories – about the equivalent of what would be melted during a 30-minute walk.
The scarier the movie, the more calories burned. The movie that slashed the most calories (184) was the iconic 1980s film, “The Shining,” followed by “Jaws” with 161 calories and “The Exorcist” with 158 calories.
Funded by lovefilm.com, a movie rental company, researchers showed study participants notorious scary movies and monitored their heart rate, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output.
According to researchers, the heart rate spikes while watching a frightening film and creates a surge of adrenaline.
Beyond the fearsome flicks mentioned above, other good picks for a quality couch workout include “Saw,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Paranormal Activity,” “The Blair Witch Project,” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
Scientists measured heart rate, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output for the study, which was commissioned by the movie rental firm Lovefilm.
They discovered that the number of calories used increased, on average, by a third during the screenings.
BDST: 1957 HRS, SEP 30, 2019