Laughter = Workout?

Elvis Presley once said about laughter, "It's pure freedom. It's like being a kid again." A new study takes laughter a step further and suggests that it has the same affect on the body as a working out. Though you might not want to skip yoga or the gym just yet, as the beneficiaries of these new findings are likely to be elderly people who've lost their appetite. WebMD has the scoop:

Both affect the appetite hormones in much the same way, says Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, director of the molecular research laboratory at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and a longtime researcher on the benefits of laughter. ''The parallel between moderate exercise and mirthful laughter is uncanny," Berk tells WebMD.
... Laughter, already linked with reducing stress and heart disease risk, as well as other benefits, may help improve appetite in those who have lost theirs due to disability or age. And it may improve wellness for the rest of us.'The second application is for wellness... Laugh while you work out, he suggests, and you may just be tuning up your appetite hormones, keeping them in balance, as well as improving your cardiovascular fitness.

You can read the entire article at WebMD here.

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