A Scary Kind of Workout

Aug 09, 2013
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So, what is your favorite type of activity during the summer? I bet many of you think of the beach, the amusement park, and the great outdoors. All great activities to get you moving. However, there is one that many people have no idea can provide some benefit from a sitting position. Does your heart palpitate when you see scary movies?  Recently, I heard that the amount of calories burned watching a scary movie is equivalent to how many calories are burned exercising for 30 minutes on the treadmill.  The statement immediately caught my attention because I love scary movies and I am constantly looking for creative accessible workouts.  Although this idea sparked my interest, I had a few questions,  so I did a little research.  Viewing one frightening movie can, on average, cause the heart rate to go between 100-190 depending on the flick and the person.  However, just because the heart rate is elevated from its resting point does not mean the stroke volume increases.  The stroke volume is the amount of blood pumped out of the heart with each beat.  In order to prevent heart failure, it is important to increase stroke volume to at least three to five days per week.  Personally for long term health concerns, I think focusing on increasing the stroke volume as well as the heartbeat is much more important than just worrying about the heart rate rising. Because being scared only raises the heart rate and not stroke volume, I would not classify watching a scary movie as a cardio workout, but merely an enjoyable activity with a perk.  Even though seeing a terrifying film is just a quick fix, I am going to keep watching scary movies because in all honesty, I’m obsessed.  I am a little disappointed with my findings, but like most issues in life you need to work hard for the important things.


This website has notable information and resources on living a heart healthy lifestyle. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/



Author: Demi Eckhoff