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Things We Saw Today: Movie Theater Outings Are Considered a Workout?

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Sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to work, be a person, and workout. So you often have to sacrifice one of those and, let’s me honest, more often than not the sacrificial lamb is working out. But don’t fret! According to scientists, going to the movies is considered a “light workout” so you can be a person and work out, killing two birds with one stone, as they say.

Research done by the University College London (and paid for by Vue Cinemas) concluded that sitting in a cinema got your heart race up because you’re involved in the movie, you’re looking to see what is happening, and the increase in your heart rate was enough to constitute as a light workout.

Honestly, glad that I got a workout in as I saw Dolittle and Like a Boss this week. The study results came in as follows:

“The study found that in the cinema people spent around 45 minutes in a ‘healthy heart zone’ with their heart beating at between 40 and 80 per cent of its maximum rate. The study found that in the cinema people spent around 45 minutes in a ‘healthy heart zone’ with their heart beating at between 40 and 80 per cent of its maximum rate.”

So, the next time you don’t have too much time to work out but want to go catch the latest movie, don’t worry! It counts.

(via Daily Mail, image: Pexels)

Here are some other things we saw today:

  • Get your baby Yoda merch while you can (via Comic Book)
  • Well, Chris Hemsworth, the doctor is in. (via Entertainment Weekly)
  • Lara Trump made fun of Joe Biden’s speech, seemingly unaware that he used to stutter. (via People)
  • The Rise of Skywalker receives Star Wars‘ lowest score on Rotten Tomatoes (via CBR)

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