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Want To Burn Calories? Watch A Scary Movie

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It may not be Jazzercise or Zumba, but it may be a more practical way of burning calories with the colder weather coming, not to mention more fun! Did you know that you burn a fairly substantial amount of calories when you watch a scary movie! Details after the jump.

Recent research commissioned by a British movie rental movie company showed that watching a 90 minute scary movie has the potential to burn as many calories as a brisk half hour walk. Scientists who conducted the study recorded the heart rates, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output of the scary movie viewers and noticed that their number of calories used increased by about a third during the movie!

The film at the top spot of the calorie burning list is ‘The Shining’, with 184 calories burned. ‘Jaws’ came in second, with 161 calories burned, and ‘The Exorcist’ came in third with 158 calories burned while watching.

Let’s think about this for a minute.  The couch, and good scary movie, or some sort of physical exercise? Which would you chose on a day like today?

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