Have you ever laughed so much, your side is sore and you’re completely out of breath? It feels like you’ve just finished a two-hour session at the gym!
Laughter and exercise may share more in common than you think and both are great for boosting your health. Although one is definitely much more fun…
Having a good giggle can improve blood pressure, stimulate the organs and reduce pain. Here are some other health-boosting benefits of a chuckle session:
Laughter relaxes the whole body
A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system
A giggle decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins
These are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart
Having a chuckle improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.