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OUR LAUGHTER CLUB MEETS EVERY THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
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(Excerpt taken from “How Self-Initiated Laughter Can Make You Feel Better” by Christopher Bergland)
“…during a Georgia State University study, participants attended two 45-minute physical activity sessions per week that included eight to 10 laughter exercises lasting 30 to 60 seconds each.
A laughter exercise was typically incorporated into the workout routine after every two to four strength, balance, and flexibility exercises to encode the sensorimotor association. The study found significant improvements amongst participants in mental health, aerobic endurance, and outcome expectations for exercise (for example, perceived benefit of exercise participation) based on assessments completed by the participants.
After the study was complete, participants were surveyed about their satisfaction with the LaughActive program. The feedback is encouraging: 96.2% of the people found laughter to be an enjoyable addition to a traditional exercise program, 88.9% said laughter helped make exercise more accessible, and 88.9% reported the program enhanced their motivation to participate in different exercise classes or other physical activities.
The researchers note that the health benefits associated with combining laughter and exercise include lower mortality and a reduced risk of a number of chronic conditions, such as: coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, colon cancer, breast cancer, anxiety, and depression.
Regular physical activity also reduces the impact of age-related declines in aerobic endurance, the incidence of falls and hip fracture, and the degenerative loss of muscle mass, quality and strength. All of these health benefits are of paramount importance for older adults to maintain independence and sustain their ability to perform regular activities of daily life.
Adding laughter to an exercise program creates positive associations on a psychological and neurobiological level. This double whammy triggers an upward spiral in your mind and body that is linked to positive emotions that will make you want to exercise regularly…. because all animals seek pleasure and avoid pain, if there’s any way to make exercise seem like an enjoyable and agreeable experience, you’re more likely to make it a long-term habit”.
(Next Classes November 20th, 2016 and December 18th, 2016)
Doors open 4:30 p.m. Class runs 4:45-5:30 p.m.
Activity Room A ~ Lewis Rec Centre
489 Old Island Hwy, Courtenay, B.C.
(Drop-In Fee: $6.00)
FMI: Joanne 250 465 1201
***Private small group & individual sessions also available***