Christmas Shopping May Increase Your Heart Rate By 33%

Posted: Nov 16 2016, 11:45am CST | by , Updated: Nov 16 2016, 11:48am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

Christmas Shopping May Increase Your Heart Rate by 33%
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Christmas shopping apparently increases one’s heart rate by 33%. This is in fact equivalent to running a full-fledged marathon. It is just a month and half till Christmas comes along with all its festivities and seasonal celebration.

Already commercial hubs and high streets everywhere around the globe are becoming the centerpoint of busy shoppers who shop till they drop. The buying of gifts is the main pastime of the ordinary bloke or babe during this period of the year. 

Yet all the planning and spending not to mention activity takes its toll on the shoppers. Their shopping sprees leave them drained of all their energy. The study comes to us courtesy of eBay. The physiological vital signs of shoppers were noted down during an hour of shopping.

The trends that emerged surprised everyone. 100 volunteers were involved in the study. They had on them wearables which measured their heart rate, blood volume, skin heat and activity not to mention level of movement.   

Over 60% of the shoppers hit their fatigue point within half an hour of the shopping spree. Both participation and interest levels dropped drastically at this half-way mark.

As for the heart rate, it increased by 33% as was previously mentioned. About 88% of the volunteers even experienced tachycardia which is a heart rhythm disorder in which the ticker beats faster than usual, according to DailyMail.

The solution to this health risk statistic is that shopping ought to be done in short bursts instead of in long periods. Like high intensity interval training is better than chronic cardio, similarly mini shopping sprees are much healthier than marathon sessions of retail therapy that leave the shoppers exhausted. 

Since quite some stuff is available at discount rates on the occasion that is Yuletide, such pacing of one’s leisure time ought to dictate one’s actions.

To undergo a lengthy period of time during which one gets overstimulated by the hectic shopping and doesn’t take any break from it all is simply asking for trouble.

Human beings were designed by Nature to sprint and walk, not run slowly for hours and hours. Thus many Christmas shoppers would do well to pay this advice some heed. Their health and well-being may depend on it.

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