Saturday, June 16, 2007

Reading Burns Calories

Did you know that reading (especially Pride and Prejudice!) burns calories?

That's according to a recent study:

The researchers say when a person has been engaged in reading for a few hours, his basal metabolic rate doubles.

People normally burn around one calorie per minute when sitting still, they say. However, reading encourages the production of adrenaline, and thereby causes BMR to rise to up to 1.75 calories per minute.
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They say if a person reads at a rate of 300 words a minute, he may burn off more than 1,100 calories by the end.
And my favorite:
9. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen (443 calories)
Get reading!

5 comments:

Miss Paula said...

Oh my!! It must be the same for Mansfield Park!! So far it's a hodgepodge of characters!!!

Lady Jane said...

Now we can say we are exercising when we are reading! :) Hooray!

Aj said...

I better get on it asap!

Dapoppins said...

Too funny. Okay. I am off to burn some calories!

Lady Jane said...

Isn't it great? Everyone read Pride and Prejudice! :)