Research says watching horror films can burn calories

Posted at 7:14 AM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 08:14:40-04

So, you ate all of the kids Halloween candy and hitting the gym does not sound like a good time.

Do not fret. Science says watching a scary movie can burn an average of 113 calories, the equivalent to a 30-minute-walk, according to research by the University of Westminster.

In the study, researches showed 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.

The study also found that the scarier the movie, the more calories burned.

“The Shining” slashed the most calories at 184, followed by “Jaws” with 161 calories and “The Exorcist” with 158 calories lost.

Researchers say if you want to get the best results, keep your eyes on the screen and avoid interruptions.

Happy haunting!