Promising Results for Laughter-Based Exercise Program

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Promising Results for Laughter-Based Exercise Program
Promising Results for Laughter-Based Exercise Program

FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For older adults, combining simulated laughter exercises with a moderate-intensity strength, balance, and flexibility physical activity program is associated with improvements in health, physical performance, and self-efficacy for exercise, according to a study published online Aug. 4 in The Gerontologist.

Celeste M. Greene, from Georgia State University in Atlanta, and colleagues used pre- and six-week post-intervention comparisons within and between groups to examine the impact of combining simulated laughter exercises with a moderate-intensity strength, balance, and flexibility physical activity program (LaughActive) in older adults residing in assisted living facilities. Twenty-seven older adults participated in twice-weekly LaughActive classes.

The researchers observed significant improvements in mental health, aerobic endurance, and self-efficacy for exercise.

"This pilot study demonstrated promising results and may spark more research to evaluate the potential of simulated laughter in conjunction with physical activity as a viable technique for enhancing the health and adherence outcomes of physical activity programs," the authors write.

One author disclosed employment with LaughActive.

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