Study suggests watching sports can make you fitter

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Study suggests watching sports can make you fitter

Postby erinc14 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:22 am

SYDNEY(AFP) -- Watching sport can make you fitter, according to research that says viewing other people exercise increases heart rate and other physiological measures as if you were working out yourself.

The study, published Sunday in the international journal Frontiers in Autonomic Neuroscience, showed that when watching a first person video of someone else running, heart rate, respiration, skin blood flow and sweat release all increased.

They returned to normal at the conclusion of the "jog."


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Re: Study suggests watching sports can make you fitter

Postby DougL » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:32 pm

can this be applied to weight loss too :-)
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Re: Study suggests watching sports can make you fitter

Postby DrGeoff » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:28 pm

Why watch sport?
The Saxophone solo from the musical "Jesus Christ - Superstar" will raise the heart rate by an average of 20 points. This is enough to make it dangerous to listen to while driving as speed tends to increase with the heart rate. That would be an effect similar to the Australian study. Does nothing for the muscles, mind you.

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Re: Study suggests watching sports can make you fitter

Postby NHE » Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:12 am

erinc14 wrote:SYDNEY(AFP) -- Watching sport can make you fitter, according to research that says viewing other people exercise increases heart rate and other physiological measures as if you were working out yourself.

The study, published Sunday in the international journal Frontiers in Autonomic Neuroscience, showed that when watching a first person video of someone else running, heart rate, respiration, skin blood flow and sweat release all increased.

They returned to normal at the conclusion of the "jog."


Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/armchair-a ... z2lfeJfhG3


Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the functions of mirror neurons.
http://www.ted.com/talks/vs_ramachandra ... ation.html
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