Did you know that watching an adrenaline-inducing horror movie is equivalent to more than an hour on the treadmill?

Yes, you read right- watching 90 minutes of a horror movie can burn up to 113 calories, which is equivalent to 30 minutes on the treadmill or one chocolate bar. It’s the perfect alternative to going to the gym for those who love their couch (and a good scare) a little too much.

It’s reported that the movies with the most jumpscares or suspense will burn the most calories. This is because adrenaline is released during moments of fear or anticipation, which increases the Basal Metabolic Rate and ultimately burns calories.

So, this Halloween, you might want to check out these terrorising tales if you’d like to shed some calories as a bonus.

The Shining

Start off your workout with this classic calorie burner, The Shining. Reports suggest watching this flick can burn up to 184 calories.


Next is Jaws, which had viewers drop 161 calories while watching the fast paced thriller.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist comes close to its precedent at 158 calories burned, despite being much older than Jaws; this classic would be the perfect way to finish your gruelling workout.

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