Laughter = Exercise

Bet you didn’t know that! Laughing works up an appetite just like a workout does.

Seems there are two hormones that regulate appetite: leptin and ghrelin.

Increased ghrelin means increased appetite, and decreased leptin also results in greater appetite. After a basic exercise routine, one usually has more ghrelin and less leptin.

In a recent study conducted by Loma Linda University in California, participants watched an array of videos ranging from tear jerkers to comedies. Hormones were measured well before and immediately after viewing. After enjoying Bill Cosby, Will Ferrell and the like, the
viewers showed a 15% decrease in leptin and a 9% increase in ghrelin.

These findings can be helpful for those caring for elderly who have reduced appetites and are losing weight. It can also make a significant difference to those who can’t really partake in physical activity ie. the physically handicapped or elderly.

Hearty laughter provides many benefits and has already already been linked with stress reduction and lower risk of heart disease, as well as an enhanced immune system and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Go ahead! Laugh as if your life depends on it!

04. January 2011 by Chumie Drillick
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