Calling all couch potatoes: This is the moment you've been waiting for. It turns out that sitting on your bum isn't necessarily as unhealthy as scientists have led us to believe -- as long as what you're watching scares the (too tight) pants off of you.
A new study commissioned by a video rental company has found that participants burned an average of 113 calories while viewing a 90-minute horror flick. That's the same calorie expenditure as a 30-minute walk! And, some movies (like "The Shining") are so scary that they'll burn up as much as 184 calories in one viewing.
What gives? "As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenalin," explains Dr. Richard Mackenzie, a specialist in cell metabolism. "It is this release of fast-acting adrenalin, produced during short bursts of intense stress (or in this case,Read More »from Feeling Chubby? Pop in "Paranormal Activity"