Watching TV sport may improve fitness
The study, conducted by researchers from the school of medicine at the University of Western Sydney, showed an increase in heart rate, respiratory rate, skin blood flow and burst amplitude muscle activity in nine volunteers who watched a video of a person running.
The subjects viewed the video from the perspective of the runner, as if they were running themselves.
There was no increase in mean arterial blood pressure, respiratory depth or sweat release, but interestingly respiratory rate also increased when the subjects watched a person in the walking phase of exercise.
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