Laugh your way to health!
The American Council on Exercise sends it's members a wonderful publication called "fitness matters". It's a great magazine.
One of the articles this month shares the impact laughter has on our health. It's huge!
Laughter diminishes the secretion of cortisol and epinephrine (the stress hormones),while enhancing immune reactivity.
It helps your heart by reducing stress on your arteries and increasing your blood flow which lowers blood pressure and cholesterol build-up and reduces your heart rate so it lessens the chance of having a heart attack.
When you laugh, your diaphragm moves up and down and it directly massages your internal organs, such as your lungs and stomach, and helps with digestion and constipation.
A deep laugh tones your abdominals, your facial muscles, lifts depression and helps you sleep better.
20 seconds of a good belly laugh does amazing things for your health.
That's good news!
We all need to laugh more especially with all of the stress we're feeling due to the economy.
So watch a funny movie or go out to lunch with friends that easily tickle your funny bone!