In case you needed any more reasons to watch your favorite horror flicks, a study has revealed that watching a horror movie can help you lose weight!
Are you the 'freak' of your friend circle who is obsessed with horror and all things dark? Do you find yourself yawning at regular movies and enjoying scary movies very often? If yes, then listen up. There's NOTHING wrong with you, you're not Satan.
It's OKAY to watch horror movies, the more frequent - the better, and if anything, they are therapeutic in nature and bring you multiple health benefits. From helping you relieve anxiety to losing weight, count on horror movies to be your personal health trainer. Gym? Never heard of it!
"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 well, very positive.
Subjects were made to watch some of the horror classics and it was observed that in a span of 90 minutes, the viewers lost around 150-200 calories - which is equivalent to running for half an hour!
"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," he explained.
The ten 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. So, in case you are somebody who is willing to lose some easy weight without hitting the gym, Johnny is here to help! Just ditch the popcorn and snacks.
"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 hey, don't be impressed already. There's a lot more a horror movie can do for you and your body.
According to another expert, watching horror movies, surprisingly, lift 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 in 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.
Scary movies help you keep your anxiety issues in check as well and help you get over your fears. In most horror movies, there's an antagonist and there are survivors. Most of the time the protagonist goes through hell but STILL manages to survive and THAT helps viewers relieve stress and anxiety.
Not to mention, it is always nice to see the bad guy's head getting chopped off when you are in a bad mood. In all, watching horror movies often is a GOOD habit and it aids you in many ways. Go watch Friday the 13th for the 100th time, nobody is judging you!