Have you ever laughed until it hurts? I think everyone has, but can it really be a workout? Let’s take a look at some things and I’ll let you decide for yourself. Read to the end to find a video link that will make you have a good belly laugh!
According to CNN health, studies have shown jolly laughter that comes from true inside joy, actually can relieve stress.
New studies are always coming up on laughter and it’s benefits, but in hindsight the idea of laughing for beneficial health reasons actually come about in the 1970’s. Those studies pointed out that it can take a decrease in corisol levels, as well as epinephrine. Both of these hormones adjust your stress level and help regulate it. According to the same studies, it also helps to boost your immune system.
Now a new study takes it a step further by declaring that laughing could be just as helpful as a workout. However this study is lining up a lot of skeptics.
This new research says that repeated laughter has an impact on hormones in the exact same way that exercise does. Dr. Lee Berk, from Loma Linda University is a preventive care specialist and is also a devout researcher. He told of his findings here in 2010 at an Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, CA.
In this study there were 14 volunteers that had their blood pressure taken and gave a blood sample before watching two video clips. One of the clips was from a violent scene in the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” The other was of comedians or comedies. Both clips were 20 minutes long.
To complete the study they of course tested the blood again as well as the blood pressure. After seeing the funny shows, the volunteers had alterations in their hormones that regularize the appetite. Also like the chemical mechanism that show after a workout, the appetite inhibitory hormone leptin decreased. Ghrelin a hormone that makes people hungry increased.
This means that the two hormones had a good equilibrium and does not mean that laughing made people hungrier.
After watching the violent videos there was no alteration in hormones.
There still are much more studies that need to be done, to be able to prove anything as far as the significance of working out compared to laughing. This concept is true, according to authorities on the subject of laughter and exercise.
To see more in detail of the findings and other opinions on the topic, please go to CNN health.
All in all, people want to see more significant studies done to prove the validity of the subject.
I would have to say that laughing is definitely good for you and I agree that it can certainly help your stress level. However skipping exercise to have a good laugh instead, I’m afraid would not keep me in shape.
You can’t miss this video – click here. These people take it downright seriously!