Doing some research for a top personal training client of mine who suffers with Lewy Body dementia. I had to share this great post I found on laughter! Laughter and exercise is a new strategy I'm going to be using.
Extract from HuffPost:
LAUGHTER REALLY IS THE BEST MEDICINE!!!
"A little laughter can go a long way, a new study reveals.
We all know the mood-boosting benefits of a good laugh, but researchers at California's Loma Linda University set out to find out if humor can deliver more than just comic relief. The study looked at 20 healthy older adults in their 60s and 70s, measuring their stress levels and short-term memory. One group was asked to sit silently, not talking, reading, or using their cellphones, while the other group watched funny videos.
After 20 minutes, the participants gave saliva samples and took a short memory test. While both groups performed better after the break than before, the "humor group" performed significantly better when it came to memory recall. Participants who viewed the funny videos had much higher improvement in recall abilities, 43.6 percent, compared with 20.3 percent in the non-humor group.
Moreover, the humor group showed considerably lower levels of cortisol, the "stress hormone," after watching the videos. The non-humor group's stress levels decreased just slightly".
But wait there's more!!!!!!...
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Many thanks HuffPost!
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