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How to Party Your Way to Better Health

We said it. Par. Tay. Being social (without overdoing it) can help reduce the risk of stroke, dementia, and even the common cold. So get out there and make merry – your health may depend on it.

Instructions

  • : While this video is awesome, it didn't go to medical school. Always consult your doctor for actual medical advice.
  • Step 1: Drink responsibly Have a drink with friends – moderate alcohol consumption in a supportive social setting can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, and red wine may improve cardiovascular health.
  • Step 2: Yuk it up Embrace your inner comedian. Laughter can reduce stress and increase blood flow, which can in turn lower your risk for heart disease.
  • TIP: Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes burns up to 50 calories, meaning you might actually be able to laugh your butt off.
  • Step 3: Game on Goof off. Play games that elevate your heart rate or that engage your mind. The first can help get your cardiovascular system into shape; the second can help stave off dementia.
  • Step 4: Flirt Flirt like a champ. Studies show those who do tend to have higher white blood-cell counts, which helps fight off infection.
  • TIP: Kissing can burn up to five calories per minute, so get your smooch on with that special someone!
  • Step 5: Relax Take frequent vacations: a study shows a correlation between two or more vacations a year and lower rates of depression and improved quality of sleep.
  • Step 6: Dance Regular dancing has been shown to help lower the risk of dementia and osteoporosis; provide a great aerobic workout, and release endorphins for a natural, healthy high. Partying never felt so good!
  • FACT: One study shows that while close connections to family have no impact on a person’s life expectancy, people with big groups of friends outlive those without by 22 percent.

You Will Need

  • Friends
  • Proof of age
  • Sense of humor
  • Games
  • Flirting
  • Time off work
  • Willingness to shake your groove thing
  • Hot lips (optional)

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