I was watching some children play and noticed whatever they did they were having fun. They would run up the hill and laughed. They rolled down the hill and laughed. On the playground equipment they would pretend to be on a ship and were shooting at the aliens and would laugh. They played in the sand and were pouring the sand on top of their heads and down inside their shirts and would laugh.
I got a lesson that day.
Laughing and burning calories are directly correlated.
I’ve been training inside the gym this fall and I’m around a lot of people. I notice many do not have smiles on their face. A lot of grimacing, pinched eyebrows and many grunts and groans. Those images and sounds don’t seem to portray any fun to me. Not much laughter either.
I’ll bet that you burn more calories if you are having fun and laughing while working out than if you don’t. I don’t have any proof really except the fact that stress can reduce the body’s performance due to the creation of free radicals. Having fun and laughing can’t be stressful and thus your body is positioned to relax and actually gain performance and thus burn more calories.
Try to laugh and have fun and watch those fat pounds just melt away!