Dancing, Laughter & Kissing - Three Sexy & Fun Ways to Improve Your Health
Last updated on : September 08 2019
When looking to be healthier, exercise and diet are typically the first places we look.
Then, maybe we add some yoga and meditation, a massage and a couple of spa treatments.
Though all valid and essential steps to better health, let’s look at some that are less obvious and just as impactful - laughing, dancing and kissing.
Laughing and learning to live healthily
A smile has the power to attract positive attention as well as keep us fit. Research shows that people who laugh and have a good sense of humor tend to outlive the ones who don’t.
The average child finds ways to bring about laughter dozens of times a day, from silly games to jokes and stories. As people age, laughter decreases. To improve general health and keep that youthful glow, we have to incorporate laughter into our adult lives.
Laughter is a great way to release stress and enhance your mood. The benefits of laughter are innumerable. It induces a zeal of healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. From building a robust immune system to combating anxiety, it has the power to balance the mind and body.
It also strengthens relationships as we tend to look for comfort and support from people who can make us smile.
Here are the other ways laughter is right for your health:
Protects the heart
Laughter helps to improve blood flow which reduces the probability of having a heart attack. It lightens up the mood, which keeps the mind relaxed and prevents the blood pressure from rising.
On the surface, laughter increases our joy, but deep down, it’s biologically healing our hearts.
It burns calories
Research shows that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can help you burn around 40 calories. While it is not a substitute for the gym, it can help you lose 3-4 pounds in a year.
Arguably, laughter is the most fun way to burn those extra calories and keep your body at its best.
Laughter relaxes the body.
When we laugh and giggle, we are naturally more at ease and comfortable with others.
Research shows that a good bout of laughter can leave your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes. Feeling relaxed can help ease social anxiety and help you to feel more comfortable in groups.
Find friends you can laugh with and improve your overall health.
Helps to release endorphins
Endorphins are natural chemicals released by the brain to help you deal with pain and stress.
Laughing promotes an overall sense of well-being by releasing endorphins which reduces the tension in your body and mind, helping you live a healthier life.
This reduction in tension is a tangible health benefit you can feel and is the chemical explanation as to why laughter feels so good.
Dancing helps to improve your health.
Another sexy, fun way to improve your health is by dancing.
It’s no wonder that dance is a crucial practice all over the world, across every culture, when it’s such a simultaneously fun and beneficial activity. Whether it’s hip hop or ballroom, disco or salsa, dancing rejuvenates the soul and helps you express your emotions and feelings.
Research shows that dancing can also help you lose weight and attain greater flexibility. It decreases stress as well as being a great way to make new friends.
Dancing can help you reach fitness goals by targeting specific muscles through specific moves. Many gyms offer clubs or classes centered around a style of dance. These allow you to learn something new, make friends, and workout in the most refreshing way possible.
The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science published one of the most recent studies into the benefits of dancing.
This study found that women who danced during the period of the study had 73% lower chances of developing a disability in comparison to the ones who did not. Those are dramatic results!
Here are a few of the health benefits of dancing:
Attain greater flexibility
The moves that professional dancers showcase are not just an aspect of stage aesthetics; they help to increase the flexibility of the body.
Some simple stretches and dance moves can make your body more flexible within a matter of a few weeks.
Dancing, like laughter, also releases the feel-good hormone, endorphins, in the brain, which helps reduce stress and anxiety in the body, giving shape to better overall health.
A fun night spent dancing can be the rejuvenation you need to get through a stressful week.
Improves cognitive abilities
Several studies show that dancing can help enhance the ability of an individual to think, as it improves the areas of the brain that control memory and coordination.
When you dance, you’re not only exercising your body. You’re using those mental muscles, too, and that has benefits for your life holistically.
Strengthens the body and improves balance
Dance involves both lateral and rotational movements resulting in stronger core muscles which in turn enhances strength and improves balance.
A stronger core will have you looking and feeling fantastic because it enables you to perform more daily tasks with ease.
Better cardiovascular health
All styles of working out are considered advantageous for improving the cardiovascular activity of the body.
The Department of Health and Human Services advocates two things to improve your physical health: do at least 150-300 minutes of mild intensity workout a week and complete 75-150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity in a week.
Dancing helps you achieve this goal while reenergizing your body. If you’re going to devote that much time to exercise, at least some of it should be a fun and lighthearted activity like dancing!
Studies suggest that with the right music, intensity, and moves, an individual can burn up to 400 calories in just one hour of dancing.
Zumba is popular at gyms for just this reason. Spend your time at the gym in a dance class, and you’re guaranteed to look great while enjoying yourself more than your peers on the treadmill.
Kissing your partner to stay healthy
That passionate touch of another’s lips doesn’t just feel good but can also improve your health. Kissing triggers a cascade of physiological processes that make your body look healthier and improve your overall immune system.
Physically affectionate behavior like kissing, cuddling, and sex produce a feel-good hormone called oxytocin. The hypothalamus produces this hormone and releases it through the pituitary gland.
Oxytocin plays a vital role in treating everything from depression and anxiety to intestinal disorders and plays a significant role in the childbirth process. It’s also essential in bonding with your partner, so when you kiss, there are both relational and health benefits to reap.
Here are the other benefits of kissing:
Exercises your facial muscles
A French kiss helps to exercise all the interior muscles of the face keeping you young looking and while it also stimulates the jaws and gums to stay healthy.
Let’s face it: those facial muscles are hard to target with most workout strategies. Luckily, kissing can address that problem.
Helps in weight loss
Long passionate kissing can result in burning of up to two calories a minute which is double the general metabolic rate of our body.
Relieves stress and depression
Kissing prevents the secretion of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. High levels of cortisol in the body can result in depression or several illnesses. By kissing, you’re putting your body at ease to feel better physically and mentally.
Washes off the bacteria
The extra saliva accumulated through a kiss can help wash off the bacteria from your teeth which can assist in breaking down oral plaque and give you better oral health.
However, it is not advisable to kiss your partner right after having a meal. The leftover food particles might do more harm than good.
Reduces blood pressure
Kissing results in a faster heart rate and helps to dilate the blood vessels. These changes increase blood flow and lower blood pressure.
So yes, kissing aides the heart in multiple ways. Romantically and biologically.
Relieve cramps and headaches
Dilation of blood vessels and lower blood pressure can cure headaches. Lower stress and anxiety levels also help to prevent cramps and headaches.
However, one thing to note here is that only a kiss originating out of care induces positive effects on your body. A forceful kiss or unwarranted intimate touch might do more harm than good. The body knows how to differentiate between the two.
These three sexy, fun ways to improve your health are easy to do and effective in improving your overall well-being.
Creating a healthy lifestyle can sound intimidating, especially when considering a strict diet and rigorous exercise regimen. Fortunately, there are other helpful ways to keep our bodies healthy that happen to be a lot more fun.
Good health is a combination of physical, mental, and emotional balance. Achieve it through the simple and delightful ways illustrated above.
Our guest author Erika Long loves corgis, curry, and comedy. Always searching for the next great snuggle, flavor, or laugh, she inspires people to live their best life now. When not writing, Erika can be found at her local brewery dominating Harry Potter trivia night.
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