Forget the crunches—my favorite ab workout by far is a gut-busting laugh session. Laughing Yoga, featured on Oprah, uses laughter as a solution to stress and health-related problems. And while laughing yoga doesn’t look like your typical peaceful yoga session, it looks like a fun one. Laughing yoga even got Oprah’s makeup artist, Reggie, having fun with it.
The company’s website even has some exercises you can do to test out the laughing theory. I did one of them, and even though the laughter was forced at first, I did start giggling at the sheer absurdity of sitting by myself, wiggling my fingers, making myself laugh. And because laughter is contagious, I can see how in a group setting it would catch on pretty quickly. I start laughing just watching some of the sessions. Doesn’t it feel good to laugh? —Erin