3 ways horror movies keep your body in check

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By: Lindsey Granger | Frenchie Aguilh Posted: 6:55 PM, Jun 26, 2017

We all know that one person that is obsessed with horror movies – the fear, the surprise, the screams! But have you ever wondered why we like moves that scare us enough to leave the lights on before going to bed. The answers might surprise you. Don't be scared! Lindsey Granger is the hero in this story, bringing you the top 3 effects horror flicks have on your body.

1. Increased Heart Rate

When you watch a horror movie, the scary stuff going on can trigger your autonomic nervous system, which helps your body decide whether to fight or flee. Not that you're going anywhere – do you know how expensive movie tickets are now??

2. Cold Sweats

If you feel a little moist while watching a scary movie, you're not alone – fear can cause sweat on your brow and give you sweaty palms – so maybe a horror movie isn't the best choice for a first date, unless you don't think your date will mind holding sweaty hands…

3. Muscle Contractions

When you see something scary, your body is getting you ready to get outta there! So while you're in your seat, you might feel contractions in the large muscles of your body to help you get to running.

Bonus Horror Benefits:

It's not just keeping our fight and flight in check that horror movies help us out with; they can also keep us prepared for a real life scary situation. So keep watching your favorite scary movies – just call it studying.

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