A recent scientific study has discovered that watching a film in a theater can be considered a form of exercise. This is not just great news for moviegoers, but it also disproves a common stigma that watching a film is lazy.
The study conducted by scientists from the University College of London proved that watching movies is quivalent to light cardio exercise.
The Times shared the details of the experiment. 51 participants were involved in the study, and in the course of the study, they learned that the heart rates of these people were in the same zone similar to a light exercise at the gym during a two-hour film. The participants watched Disney's live-action version of Aladdin, and they wore biometric sensors to track their body temperature, heart rates, and skin reaction during the particularly intense moments of the film.
"This level of stimulation can help to build cardio fitness levels and burn fat. Heart rate peaks were also aligned with specific storyline moments in the film," the author of the study said.
The study proves that films not only provide positive emotional experiences but also physical benefits. It turns out that an invigorating emotional experience would have the same physical experience.
"The cinema is one of the only places left where you can step away from devices and the outside world and truly switch off," the study said. "Over half of viewers believed that the experience was therapeutic in an emotional sense and felt uplifted by the experience."
As movie lover, I'm glad to hear the results of this study, and even though I haven't watched movies in the theaters lately, this is making me want to watch there more often.