Laughter Can Keep the Weight Off

Your energy is contagious and as you know, so is laughter. The great news is they both have wonderful health benefits.

Laughter Can Keep the Weight Off

The International Journal of Obesity suggests that giggling for just 15 minutes a day burns enough calories to shed up to 5lbs of fat over a year and a big belly laugh uses about the same energy as walking more than half a mile. Laughing works many different muscles and makes the heart beat faster.

Researchers measured the number of calories an adult spent watching different TV programs, including comedy & nature shows. Bouts of laughter when watching the funny film used up to 20% more energy than at rest. This would mean that 10 to 15 minutes of laughter a day could increase total energy expenditure and burn between 10 and 40 calories.

Dr. Maciej Buchowski, lead author, Vanderbilt University, explained, "Participants had 10 to 20% higher energy expenditure during episodes of laughter than during rest. We have calculated that the energy cost of 15 minutes of laughter over one year may translate into an annual weight loss of 4.5lbs."

Research already suggests that laughter is good for the heart and immune system, and appears to help ease pain. It is likely that more research will uncover many more health benefits linked to laughter. In the meantime, this priceless medicine is fun, free and easy to use.

3 August 2011