According to researchers at Georgia State University, forced laughter incorporated into an exercise program increases the health benefits and makes older adults more likely to exercise more. Simulated laughter techniques added to a strength, balance, and flexibility workout improved older adults' performance in an exercise program and significantly improved their enjoyment.
Laughter has physical
benefits, and in many cases has an effect on the muscles used
during exercise programs. Forced laughter, or choosing to laugh,
rather than as a response to something funny gave way to actual
laughter and enjoyment for most participants in classes with
laughing incorporated into physical exercises.
Laughter is an
enjoyable activity and has many health benefits. In a recent
study, participants experienced improvement in mental health,
aerobic endurance, and outcome expectation for exercise, with
96.2 percent of participants saying laughter made exercise more
enjoyable, 88.9 percent saying it made exercise more accessible
and 89.9 percent saying it would motivate them to participate in
more exercise classes or activities. We all need a good
laugh for better mental health and to clear out the cobwebs of