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Forced laughter can also be good for health

new study Based on half an hour of controlled laughter, it is a light exercise and improves well-being. The university said in a statement that researchers at Eötvös Loránd University have studied the psychological and physiological effects of the increasingly popular laughing yoga.

It has long been known that honest and natural laughter plays a huge role in maintaining mental health, reducing stress, and bringing about positive change in our bodies as well. However, little is known whether self-controlled laughter can produce these positive effects, although the idea itself dates back to the 1990s and is now prevalent around the world in the form of yoga or laughter yoga.

The essence of the method is that the participants combine laughter exercises with well-known breathing exercises from yoga. The big advantage is that self laughter can easily turn into real laughter, especially when practiced in company. Attila SzaboThe lecturer and colleagues at the Institute for Health Development and Sports Science at Eötvös Loránd University PPK evaluated the effects of haute yoga on mental health and wellness in two trials.

In the first study, researchers were curious about whether just the visual experience of laughter could elicit positive emotions. To find out, a 25-minute video was shown showing the amount of yoga class 13 college students were offered. During the experiment, the professionals used a heart rate monitor to monitor the heart rate of the test subjects and assess their emotional state using a questionnaire.

The results show that simply watching hahuta yoga has a beneficial effect on mental state while significantly stimulating the cardiovascular and respiratory response. While watching the short films, the participants used enough energy, which corresponds to a simple physical exercise, which is typical for people who exercise approximately 1-3 times a week.

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In the second experiment, participants were examined in a real yoga session in Budapest. Twenty-five women around the age of sixty joined Hahuta Yoga, who also performed the measurements used in the previous experiment.

Based on the results, even one session improved mood and reduced the appearance of negative emotions.

Mood also had a positive effect on health: the majority of test subjects also had an increase in calories burned and an increased heart rate. Compared to other physical activities, yoga practitioners burn slightly less energy than cycling at the same time, but more than, for example, cooking.

Summing up the two studies, the researchers found that while huta yoga alone is not an adequate form of exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it provides safe, enjoyable, and recreational physical activity for women over 50 due to its many positive psychological and physiological benefits.