Research certainly gets into some unusual areas these days and reaches some interesting conclusions !
Scientists at University College London did some research recently into how films can increase you heart rate. That must have been a very popular subject for the students who offered to assist with the research. They monitored 51 cinema goers as they watched “Aladdin” and found that compared to people reading books, viewing films increased your heart rate by between 40 and 60%. Equivalent to light cardiovascular exercise.
You have to wonder how much better the results would have been if they had watched Mad Max 3 or Dirty Dancing or Grease or Chariots of Fire. All of those have more than enough exercise and excitement and probably raise your heart rate even more. So as long as you don’t have a heart attack during the movie, this could be a really good way of exercising. Perhaps a precaution though, the cinema manager should at least have a defribulator readily available and for particularly exciting films, maybe St John’s Ambulance should be parked outside the cinema.
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Joseph Devlin, said the results were in no way influenced by the fact that his research project was commissioned by Vue Cinemas.
Next term his students are already signing up to do research when the new Star Wars movie is released 😀
The latest Government Health Minister, whoever that is this week, is expected to announce that cinema tickets will soon be issued to patients with high blood pressure as part of his new initiative on social prescribing .