How Can a Movie Night Be Compared to a Light Workout?

Don't feel like working out tonight? Here's why a night at the cinema can also be considered a light workout.

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Working out is good for you and often leaves you feeling fulfilled. However, once it gets colder outside, your motivation can wane and an evening of couch-sitting sounds more appealing. Instead of watching a movie from the comfort of your couch, you should go to the cinema. You can still enjoy a great movie, but you won't have to feel guilty that you skipped your sports night. After all, watching a movie at the cinema counts as a light workout.

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Scientific research shows that watching a movie in the theater increases your heart rate. This also happens when you are running or during a walk. After a light workout, your heart rate is often between 40 and 80% of your maximum heart rate. When watching a movie in the theater, the results were similar.

Of course, this does not mean that you can replace all workouts with a night at the cinema, but skipping your workout every now and then for a good movie on the big screen can't hurt!