12/12/2012 12:27 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

LOL All You Want - Laughter Proven to Make Working Out Easier

"Laughter Is The Best Medicine" might be the truest statement you've heard in a while. According to a study conducted by Oxford University, laughter actually helps our bodies relieve pain. By raising your endorphin levels (your body's natural opiates), laughter significantly raises our threshold for pain.

Get your HaHa's in because having the giggles not only makes your gym routine easier, it's even considered a form of exercise. "Laughter involves the repeated, forceful exhalation of breath from the lungs," says Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford, who led the study.

Check out how Laughter Yoga, a new form of exercise, can help you get in shape:

The next time you work out, instead of chugging three energy drinks and pumping yourself up with death metal, you might want to watch a Family Guy re-run beforehand, or listen to anything by George Carlin. For the coming holidays, just work off those big dinners by sharing some belly laughs with your loved ones.

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