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Is It a Good Idea to Grab Some Popcorn, Sit Down and Watch a 90 Minute Scary Movie A study was done by the University of Westminster to test if you actually burn more calories while watching a scary movie and the outcome is…Yes! All that adrenaline heart pumping terror can burn close to the same amount of calories you’d burn if you went for a 1/2 hour walk.  Now I’m not sayin’ to skip exercise and hit the couch instead, but it is a good addition if you want to slim your waist line -Ha! And yes there is scientific evidence to back this up. Participants’  heart rates, oxygen intake, and carbon dioxide were measured. The number of calories burned increased by a third while watching a scary movie.

Here’s a list of the top calorie-burning Horror Flicks:

  1. The Shining: 184 calories
  2. Jaws: 161 calories
  3. The Exorcist: 158 calories
  4. Alien: 152 calories
  5. Saw: 133 calories
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
  7. Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
  8. The Blair Witch Project: 107 calories
  9. The Chain Saw Massacre: 105

So go ahead, get scared and enjoy the burn!