Friday, May 11, 2012

Afunny way to lose weight: laugh it off part 3

Kwan leads her HA HA LOGY  therapeutic humor program twice weekly with elderly residents at Hebrew home of greater Washington in Rockville the 15-to-30-minute sessions start with breathing exercises move to ho-ho-ha-ha-ha chanting and clapping then a closed-mouth humming laugh exercise and finally the open-mouth tongue-out lion laugh

When they begin to focus on the physical exercise of laughing people tend to forget what is wrong says Kwan Laughter brings you into the moment where there is no pain fear and anger only joy and love the tendency is to feel better about who you are which might lead someone to take better care of themselves and make better food choice and do exercise

Science is finding that laughter alone produces biological benefits a study from the University of Maryland school of Medicine in Baltimore presented last month to the American college of cardiology annual conference showed that daily hearty laughing increases the flow of blood by expanding vessels constricted by stress

William F.Fry associate professor emeritus of clinical psychiatry at stanford University says a belly laugh is internal jogging he says laughing involves a great deal of physical exercise and muscular behavior 15 facial muscles plus dozens of others all over your body that flex and relax your pulse and respiration increase oxygenating the blood

Laughing 100 to 200 times per day is the cardiovascular equivalent of rowing for 10 minutes calculates fry

But how often do people laugh per day? far more than they realize he says adding that any kind of laughter sets the respiratory apparatus and its muscles into motion

Which means even brown-nosers at work laugh too hard and too long at the boss jokes are getting healthier if not getting ahead

Other studies have found that laughter bolsters the immune system regulates abnormal heartbeat related to stress improves the respiratory system and relaxes muscle tension

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