If you think sitting can keep you fit, try cinematherapy

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If you think sitting can keep you fit, try cinematherapy

Study finds watching a movie gives you a mild workout

Paula Andropoulos

Are you chronically slothful? Antisocial? Do you favour dim lights, confined spaces and the unobtrusive company of like-minded strangers? If these flaws are compounded (or begotten) by chronic cinephilia, the results of a recent study conducted by researchers at University College London may yet absolve you in the eyes of your orthorexic critics.

In it, 51 test subjects were hooked up to sensors that monitored their cardiovascular activity over the course of a 128-minute movie. It transpired that, relative to the 26-person control group that was conscripted to read novels for the same duration, the moviegoers experienced elevated heart rates equivalent to the vascular tempos induced by light exercise.

This is not the first academically-ratified indication that a trip to the cinema might have a salutary effect on your overall well-being. Dr Gary Solomon – a professor of psychology and the author of Reel Therapy: How Movies Inspire You to Overcome Life’s Problems – has long attested to the cathartic potential of cinema. ..

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