Laugh Fitness in Riverside Park

  Last modified on October 18th, 2019

Want a good laugh? You can have one and burn some calories while you’re at it, too! Laugh fitness, a form of deep-breathing and laughing instruction techniques, doubles as a form of meditation – just a whole lot funnier. In Riverside Park, celebrity instructor Anupam Kher, an actor from “New Amsterdam”, will be leading a class in laugh fitness, and invites Upper West Siders to join. The class is open to all who would like to participate.

Called ‘Laugh Out Loud with Anupam’, the class promises powerful psychological and physical benefits. And it’s a fun way to exercise, too. The class is comprised of over an hour of mood-boosting breathing techniques and side-splitting laughter exercises. Instructive as well as fun, the class will show you how to laugh, release endorphins, and preserve your well-being in even the most un-laughable of situations. Additionally, the technique of forced laughter later turns into a shared natural laughter among all.

The first class, held in the same location on October 5th, drew crowds of all ages and abilities. While it may seem funny, fits of laughter have been linked to reduced pain and mental stress. Additionally, laughter creates stronger social bonds and improves the immune system. It really might be the best medicine! It’s fundamentally a physical action, and “scientific studies are discovering direct correlations between spending time in parks – and laughing more – to improved mental and physical well-being”, says Dan Garodnick, President of Riverside Park Conservancy.

The next class is taking place at Locomotive Lawn in Riverside Park at 62nd Street on Saturday, October 19th from 9am to 10am. Those attending should enter the park on 68th Street or 59th Street and walk to 62nd street. The event is pay what you wish with a suggested donation of $10.  Any donations will go towards ongoing care and restoration of Riverside Park. For more information, visit the event site here.

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Hannah Rosenfield

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Hannah Rosenfield is an avid writer and new resident of the Upper West Side. She graduated from Binghamton University in May of 2018, after studying Creative Writing and works in advertising. In her free time, Hannah loves reading the New York Times food section, petting all the dogs on the Upper West Side, and strolling through Central Park.

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