Rollercoasters: 7 Wild Reasons That Thrill Rides Are Good For Your Body

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Why Do People Like Rollercoasters?

<u>Why Do People Like Rollercoasters?</u>

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The simple answer to the question, why do people like rollercoasters is that it’s fun!

However, if we get more technical, The New York Times reports that some people, especially those with a thrill-seeking personality actually crave fear.

People who enjoy rollercoasters may even have slightly different brain structure than the rest of us. They may even have a slight imbalance in a brain chemical that predisposes them to seek heightened levels of arousal.

How Rollercoasters Help Your Health
Benefit 1: Passing Kidney Stones

<u>How Rollercoasters Help Your Health</u><br>Benefit 1: Passing Kidney Stones

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Chances are, you’ve never thought about passing kidney stones while riding a rollercoaster, but studies show that it might be worth thinking about.

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that the high speed jolting motion of a rollercoaster can successfully dislodge a kidney stone from a patient — especially if they sit in a rear car.

Benefit 2: Stress Relief

Benefit 2: Stress Relief

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One theory as to why riding rollercoasters is so enjoyable has to do with stress relief.

A psychologist at the University of Massachusetts, Dr Epstein tells the New York Times that, “Being totally absorbed is in itself pleasurable. Complete concentration that blanks out everything else temporarily relieves you from all conflicts. Even if it’s scary, its a way to drive out disturbing thoughts.”

Riding a rollercoaster can help you forget all of your everyday problems, even if only for a few seconds.


Benefit 3: Helps Fight Phobias

Benefit 3: Helps Fight Phobias

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If you’ve ever conquered a fear of heights or spiders before, chances are you felt pretty liberated afterwards.

The same can be said for riding rollercoasters. By overcoming your fear, you will become more confident and courageous in other walks of life too.

Phobias can also have severely limiting physiological effects, like sweating and shaking, so laying your worries to rest might help with that too.

Benefit 4: Good For Your Lungs

Benefit 4: Good For Your Lungs

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Rollercoasters (and other thrilling activities) are often accompanied by heavy breathing. But that doesn’t mean that it’s bad for asthmatics.

In fact, a study reported by the US National Library of Medicine reports that asthma patients recorded more regular breathing while on and following their coaster ride.

Still, if you have asthma, don’t try this without talking to a doctor first, and make sure you have an inhaler on hand, just in case.

Benefit 5: Clear Your Sinuses

Benefit 5: Clear Your Sinuses

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You may know the feeling of your sinuses clearing as you ascend or descend in an airplane.

This action can be simulated on a rollercoaster on a smaller scale and without being in a pressurized cabin.

The sharp up and down force can work to clear your sinuses and dislodge any blockages.

Benefit 6: Can Identify Dormant Symptoms

Benefit 6: Can Identify Dormant Symptoms

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Part of the reason why we enjoy rollercoasters so much is because they take us out of our element.

It’s the “being shook around” sensation of a rollercoaster that helped a British woman detect a brain tumor she had no idea she had.

According to Daily Mail, Sally Dare began suffering from headaches and dizziness following a rollercoaster ride in Florida.

As her condition worsened, she went to see a doctor and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The movements of the rollercoaster likely loosened the tumor and allowed for it to be detected early.

Benefit 7: Adrenaline Rush

Benefit 7: Adrenaline Rush

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When you experience an adrenaline rush, your whole body goes through a ‘fight or flight’ response.

It’s an automatic reaction that will leave you feeling energized and exhilirated, especially if you’re an adrenaline junkie.

An adrenaline rush can help make minor aches and pains hurt less, and

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