I love sports. I have been playing baseball ever since I was 6 years old. I played football freshman to junior year of high school. I've been played basketball in elementary school before everyone hit their growth spurt and I stayed the same height. Didn't play much hockey but I can hold my own.
According to a new study from the University of Leeds in England, watching sports is almost as much of a workout as playing sports, according to Daily Mail. The word "almost" in this study is used kind of loosely.
Researchers found that when passionate fans watched their team play in important games, their heart rates were about 64% higher than normal. Hasn't every game been an important game for our baseball team lately?! That high heart rate is about the same increase as you'd get from a brisk 90-minute walk. The study says, "Ultimately supporting your team gives you a moderate cardiovascular workout."
The study also states that when your team wins the fans' blood pressure went down and they got a psychological boost that lasted for a day. Unfortunately, when the team lost, it had the opposite effect and people felt as depressed as they would if someone close to them DIED (oh we know exactly what they feels like here in Minnesota right?)