Good news for exercise-averse movie lovers the world over – while you’re watching a film, you’re actually working out too.
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51 cinemagoers spent 45 minutes in this ‘healthy heart zone’ during the study, paid for by Vue Cinemas, with their hearts beating between 40 and 80 percent of their maximum rate.
This was compared to 26 people also studied, who spent the same time sitting and reading.
The level of cardiovascular exercise was likened to that of brisk walking or gardening.
Professor of neuroscience at UCL, Dr Joseph Devlin said: “Cultural experiences like going to the cinema provide opportunities for our brain to devote our undivided attention for sustained periods of time.