Keeping your eyes on the screen when there's a scary scene on the screen will actually help burn some calories!
Do you cover your eyes when someone plays a horror movie during your night in? Sure, it may be scary, but there seem to be benefits to it after all. If you're the kind that loves indulging in some good old scary gore, there's honestly nothing wrong with you. It's good to watch horror movies, and the more frequent you are with the binge-watching, the better it is! These bloodcurdling movies have multiple health benefits to them, apart from getting to cuddle with your loved one in the name of fear, and losing weight is one of them. Hard to believe it? Well, believe it, because it is true!
The question on your mind right now is "how?". According to Dr. Richard Mackenzie, senior lecturer and specialist in cell metabolism and physiology at the University of Westminster, a study was conducted to see how watching horror movies affects our bodies and the results were very positive, unlike what one would expect of them. For the study, subjects were made to watch some horror classics, and it's safe to say the results were as shocking as the jump scares in the movies.
It was observed that in a span of 90 minutes, the viewers lost around 150-200 calories. This is the same amount of calories you burn when you run for around half an hour. He explained, "Each of the ten films tested set pulses racing, sparking an increase in the heart rate of the case studies. As the pulse quickens and blood pumps around the body faster, the body experiences a surge in adrenaline. It is this release of fast acting adrenaline, produced during short bursts of intense stress (or in this case, brought on by fear), which is known to lower the appetite, increase the Basal Metabolic Rate and ultimately burn a higher level of calories."
The 10 movies which were a part of the study were The Shining, JAWS, The Exorcist, Alien, SAW, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and [Rec]. The Shining helped burned the most calories and [Rec] the least. Now you know who to seek help from if you want to lose some of that weight. Well, it'd be a good idea to ditch those movie snacks, though. You know, to balance it out.
"We all know the feeling of wanting to hide behind the sofa or grab a pillow when watching scary or hair raising scenes, but this research suggests that maybe those seeking to burn some calories should keep their eyes on the screen," the movie company, which commissioned the research, added. But wait, don't sit there, awestruck. That's not all horror movies can do. There's actually a lot more they can do for you and your body!
Another expert claims that watching horror movies, surprisingly, can elevate your mood up and make you more positive. “Negative feelings created by horror movies actually intensify the positive feelings when the hero triumphs in the end. But what about movies where the hero doesn’t triumph? And even some small studies have shown that people’s enjoyment was actually higher during the scary parts of a horror film than it was after," Dr. Dolf Zilman revealed in his theory.
Movies that fall under the horror genre, unpredictably, can also help you keep your anxiety issues in check as well and help you get over your fears. This is probably because in most horror movies, there's an antagonist and even then, there are survivors. The protagonist in the movie goes through hell and beyond and yet, they manage to survive. This survival instinct is something that helps viewers relieve stress and anxiety. Who would've thought! Also, it's always a good feeling to watch someone's head being chopped off, especially when you're in a bad mood, so that's there, too!Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.