Who doesn’t like scary movies during Halloween time?
I love scary movies, I get really scared but I still enjoy watching them. And since we’re in October, Halloween time, I want to watch a lot of scary movies. I started thinking if scary movies were, in fact, good for you. Since most people say that scary movies are bad for your health I wanted to see if that was true. Actually, its not certain, there’s a hypothesis that says that scary movies are in fact, are kind of an exercise. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, but its true watching horror movies can make you burn calories.
Researchers say that people that watched scary movies could burn up to 200 calories. A study of the University of Westminster, in which they picked 10 different people to watch scary movies, to measure the amount of calories they burned. You burn calories the most when the part of the movies are those that makes you want to jump. Helen Cowley said, “We all know the feeling of wanting to hide behind the sofa or grab a pillow when watching scary or hair raising scenes, but this research suggests that maybe those seeking to burn some calories should keep their eyes on the screen.” So now you know instead of hiding behind the pillow, get really scared and that way you are burning calories while watching tv and what’s better than that?
According to the Healthy Eating Guide, the act of just sitting could burn 75 calories, so yeah if you don’t like scary movies, then yeah just sit down for an hour or so, but you will be missing all the fun and not the extra calories. Let’s analyze this in another way: 184 calories > 75 calories… isn’t it better to watch a scary movie all the way? more fun, more calories burned.
The study was not a large study, it was only ten people. It gives you no other information about the people, and because of age, health, sex, the results may vary. I’m sure that if they wanted to “prove” their hypothesis they could select a larger group of people and put an amount to watch scary movies and the other just to sit and do nothing to see if in fact its possible or better. Also the probability that its just by change is huge, remember that by sitting you are burning calories, so what you burn from actually getting scared through the movie is going to be an amount you should add to that.
If you want the movies that burn the most calories they actually give you a list of movies with the amount of calories people in the study burned, here you have it:
***These links lead to trailers of horror movies, if you don’t like scary things, you shouldn’t watch them***
- “The Shining: 184 calories
- Jaws: 161 calories
- The Exorcist: 158 calories
- Alien: 152 calories
- Saw: 133 calories
- A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
- Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
- The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
- [Rec]: 101 calories”
I an horror movie fan, even though they scared the hell out of me, I do it because I enjoy it and this turns out to be a really good extra exercise, that way I can do less at the gym right?