Need to Workout? Head to the Movies!

Here’s something for everyone that has been working out super hard since New Year’s Day. It turns out you’ve been wasting your money on a gym membership when you could have been spending it on movie tickets instead. Wait, what?

According to scientists from University College London, going to see a movie could be as good for your health as some light cardio at the gym. Their studies show watching a film is good for your heart health, memory, and concentration.And it’s a lot easier than burpees.

For their study, the researchers monitored the heart rate, body temperature, and skin reactions of 51 people watching Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin. They discovered their heart rates entered the “healthy heart zone” for around 45 minutes during the movie which means they got the health benefits equivalent of a not-so brisk walk.

Ready to do a home workout aka doing some Netflixing? Sorry, that’s not going to work.Apparently, you’ll only get the health benefits from a trip to the theater. Our brains need to experience the “undivided attention” that a dark theater provides and your combination of couch and cell phone are lacking.

The researchers do warn that since their sample size is low, their results should be taken with a grain of salt, and speaking off, that bathtub of popcorn you’re planning on getting at the movie theater probably counteracts any of the benefits and then some.

Source:The Times

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