25 Jun '13, 10pm

Watching someone else exercise boosts heart rate, breathing: via @AndyBeetroot

Watching someone else exercise boosts heart rate, breathing: via @AndyBeetroot

It's pretty much what you'd expect: heart rate, blood flow, breathing rate, and blood pressure go up when you're running compared to resting. The walking values tend to be somewhere between resting and running. So what's the catch? The subjects in this study were sitting in a reclining chair the whole time -- the only difference is that they were watching a video that someone took while resting, walking and running. So the changes in heart rate and breathing were purely anticipatory responses generated by the brain.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sports-psychology/imaginary-e...

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