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 his third class in laugh fitness this weekend, 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 two classes 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 on Saturday, November 16th from 11am to 12pm. It will take place at Hudson Beach in Riverside Park at 105th Street. Visitors should enter through the 103rd Street
Any donations will go towards ongoing care and restoration of Riverside Park. For more information, visit the event site here.
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