TV Workout: Sit and be fit! 

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Studies show that getting caught up in the action from your sofa is almost as good as exercise. Almost

It might sound hard to believe, but celebrating on the sofa is almost as good for you as exercise! That is at least what recent studies claim. Here is the proof: 

 

THE MIRROR EFFECT  

Doctors at the University of Western Sydney have discovered that if we watch someone else playing sport or exercising, our bodies behave in a way similar to that person’s.

THE SOFA EFFECT 

This also applies when we watch people doing sport on TV. Heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and muscular nerve activity all increase. This is good – as long as you’re not screaming red-faced for 90 minutes. 

I AM A MAN!

A University of Utah study shows that testosterone levels in male football fans increase when watching their team win. They did not measure the levels of schadenfreude when watching other teams lose.

HEARTY SUPPORT

Let’s not overdo it: boffins at the University Hospital of Munich found three times as many men had heart attacks while Germany were playing during the 2006 World Cup as at other times.  

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06/2014 The Red Bulletin

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