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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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6/8/13 7:07 P

So 5 movies = 1000 cal burnt.....I can do that emoticon

HLAMBERT47 SparkPoints: (83)
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6/8/13 6:30 P

With the amount of horror movies I watch, if this is true, I'll never have to leave my couch again

FITWITHIN Posts: 25,268
6/7/13 7:04 P

Sorry, but I rather find another way to burn 200 calories. I'm not a horror movie person.

BREWERFAN71 SparkPoints: (32,482)
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6/7/13 5:02 P

Actually, I think it would help! :)
All kidding aside-I usually watch a show or movie on Hulu or Netflix while on the treadmill. A while back i decided to watch "Taken,"(again) & I found that during the action sequences I had more energy & could up the speed a little, just like having a great song on the iPod. And I remember reading "Seabiscuit" while on the recumbent bike, & during the race segments of the book, she wrote them so well that I found myself pedaling faster.

Hey, maybe we're on to something here-instead of having music in spin class, play a DVD of all the great action/scary scenes in movies! And for the treadmills too, they could play them on the TV screen! Seriously? I would join a gym again if they had that!

MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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6/7/13 4:57 P

LOL. I read an article about that. I have never actually tracked it on my fitness tracker though. I feel like it' cheating.

EARTH-ANGEL Posts: 310
6/7/13 4:51 P

Excellent. My favorite genre of film pays! lol

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (236,656)
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6/7/13 4:50 P

I bet you'd burn even MORE calories by watching a scary movie while on the elliptical or treadmill (actually USING the eqpt, not just sitting or standing on it).

think I could get a grant for that study? emoticon

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6/7/13 4:42 P


If you'll excuse me, I'll be off maxing out my CC'S on my new BFFs Freddy K. and Jason V., hoping to be down a pantsize by Christmas. :)

BREWERFAN71 SparkPoints: (32,482)
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6/7/13 1:18 P

Hey, works for me, I LOVE scary movies! Add in watching Hannibal & The Walking Dead, there's 2 more hours a week! :) And now I can say it's "good" for me. It's all good, fun topics like this are why I visit the Cafe.

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6/7/13 7:31 A

if I OD on chick flicks (when doesn't take much), I lose my appetite and feel queasy - does that count for anything?

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (269,157)
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6/7/13 7:29 A

Has a study been done on comedies? I would think a good round of belly laughs would burn more calories than knuckle biting.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (269,157)
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6/7/13 5:20 A

Maybe it's when you can't eat the popcorn because you threw it on the floor to cover your eyes. A lot of popcorn gets spilled at horror movies.

EMMYERS76 SparkPoints: (10,444)
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6/6/13 9:23 P

Interesting, but since I absolutely HATE horror shows, I would rather walk the half hour or poke myself in the eye with a needle than watch a horror show.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (544,543)
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6/6/13 9:15 P

LOL!!! I didn't know that!!! Good to know!!!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/6/13 6:06 P

Horror movies, I dislike, so I won't be embarking on the "Here's JOHNNY!! Diet" any time soon lol.

I could cry off some water-weight watching The Notebook, I guess, but I understand that wouldn't be permanent. lol.

Or I could just keep on foruming, which from time to time is surprisingly good at hitting my adrenaline switch. I should thank all Contrary Internet Peeps for their contribution to my success :)

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6/6/13 4:40 P

"Come to think of it, this was probably proposed and designed by a bunch of grad students who wanted to watch horror movies on school time."

you say that like it's a bad thing emoticon

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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6/6/13 2:35 P

It's fun to nitpick at studies because the vast majority of them have massive flaws in methodology that totally skew the results or are just restating the obvious. For example this one had an extremely small sample size (10 people) and no mention of what each person's BMR was. Also they counted calories burned during the length of the movie, not per hour. So average length of a movie is 1.5 hours divided into 184 calories per movie (the highest recorded) equals 123 calories/hour. The average BMR for a man is between 2600 and 2900 calories per day. Divide that by 24 and we get a BMR/hour of between 108 and 121 calories. So basically there is no statistically significant difference between calories burned during a scary movie and doing nothing.

Well the U of Westminister ranked in the bottom third for research standards anyway. The crap that passes for research these days... emoticon

Come to think of it, this was probably proposed and designed by a bunch of grad students who wanted to watch horror movies on school time.

Edited by: LEC358 at: 6/6/2013 (14:38)
ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (68,476)
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6/6/13 1:58 P

I don't agree with you Megadanicinpeej..... a person at rest does not burn 200 calories, but far fewer. Watching a horror movie, or doing something that increases your adrenaline and metabolism WHILE sitting is the key here I believe.

A person at rest is usually not doing things that increase both adrenaline and metabolism. And the study does not suggest that you can/should burn more calories to make up for the increased calories burned while watching a horror movie.

Why do people feel the need to nitpick every little thing? It's just a study...I'm sure that the results are not going to be the same for everyone.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
6/6/13 1:14 P

Not to be no fun, but a lot of these "you burn X calories while sitting and doing Y" are calories you burn ANYWAY just existing - digesting, heart beating, breathing all take calories. So watching the Shining doesn't burn 200 extra calories, it's that in the 2 hours it takes to watch it, you're burning 200 calories anyway just by being alive.

The "you can burn off a chocolate bar by watching the Shining!" tagline is not really painting a full picture. You may expend 200 calories during that time, but they are not extra calories, and you shouldn't consume more because you watched a movie.

Edited by: MEGAPEEJ at: 6/6/2013 (13:15)
SKINMINA SparkPoints: (40,095)
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6/6/13 10:43 A

Yes, but then my metabolism would drop because I wouldn't be able to get 8 hours of sleep (due to the nightmares I would have) emoticon

TCANNO SparkPoints: (329,873)
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6/6/13 10:27 A

I wander why emoticon

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (269,157)
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6/6/13 10:25 A

For real??? Wow, I'm a horror genre fanatic. My husband really worries about me, and I'm sure he sleeps with one eye open. I don't think I burn the calories as I am rather acclimated to the shock factor.

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6/6/13 10:15 A


SHERYLDS Posts: 17,286
6/6/13 10:01 A

Wow ... that was interesting.....
I'm off to borrow some old horror films from the library.
Maybe I can burn off 1000 calories this weekend emoticon

ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (68,476)
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6/6/13 9:53 A a time.

I guess I'll need to go watch The Shining again, as well as Jaws and Alien...all of which scare me! emoticon

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