Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


November 30, 2012

Lindsay's column: 11.30.12 >> Laugh 4 Abs: A workout for all

It’s always been said “laughter is the best medicine” and it saves years off your life. It can also be one heck of a fabulous workout. At least that’s what business reporter Megan Graham and I try to convince ourselves as we struggle through awkward yoga moves, and nearly ignite a domino effect through the class, or sweat through the pain of Cardio Abs every week at the Kokomo YMCA.

We’re proud participants and the only team of two (shout out to Team Tribune) at Holiday Trimmings, a five-week weight loss challenge with... get ready... prizes every week at the Kokomo YMCA. That is, if you complete all the challenges, we haven’t just yet. Although we’re prize-less participants at the moment, we feel like we’ve found the real prize: the secret to fitness...laughter. Incidentally, so have a lot of people in the class. Sometimes the sound of giggling can blend with the booming bass designed to pump up your motivation before you have your toosh handed to you by YMCA’S resident Jillian Michaels double. Like any workout regime, it’s only successful if it fits your schedule, so we don’t always make it to class - then we get called out on Twitter by the YMCA, “We haven’t seen Team Tribune for awhile.” - so we take Team Tribune to the streets and pump the motivation for a power walk where we share the highlights of hilarity from our day. Once again, provoking major levels of laughter. We think we’re on to the next big workout craze, Laugh 4 Abs: Grab a friend, hit the gym and giggle.

The success of Laugh 4 Abs was reaffirmed during Thanksgiving. It’s a workout that will literally knock you to the floor and pray you won’t pee your pants. (How’s that for a marketing slogan?) It’s also a workout you can do at dinner, at the grocery or even while playing Scrabble.

The workout was tested and confirmed as my boyfriend’s mom absolutely lost her mind because “the Scrabble board is just weird and there’s no way anyone could play anything with the words on that thing.” [Editor’s note: Explicits were removed to protect innocent eyes.] As the sand of the game’s miniature hourglass leaked away, her remaining time to blame the board for her literary misfortune, her frustration and our laughter increased proportionally. Laugh 4 Abs elevated to a proven success when desperate times called for desperate measures for Mrs. Literary Misfortune.

Her solution? Make up words, and hope they exist in some form of the English language - her luck never panned out. But the laughter definitely did.

It’s a brave step, to “assume” a word exists while you’re playing Scrabble with two journalists but, “that dang [explicits altered] clock is always almost out of time” and the pressure provokes some ab-crunching laughter.

She took a sip of her drink and boldly laid down the letters to spell: “JUIOST.”

I nearly had my first injury in the -- at this point -- highly-conditioned Laugh 4 Abs, as I dropped from the chair to the floor holding my stomach as I worked out my abs. I was so dedicated to my workout I barely overheard her defending her “word.”

“It’s joist, or something, I don’t know what the word is. I just want this game to be over,” she said as her bravery transformed to disgust for the game that had wronged her before she joined in on the Laugh 4 Abs workout as we all laughed at her desperate attempt to seize a win.

It was a moment worthy of a workout.

Laugh 4 Abs is a simple and short workout without the requirement of machines or weights, it just takes a minute of your time to grab a friend or family member, experience a moment and live your life with a little or a lot of laughter (increased laughter improves results).

Megan Graham and Lindsay Eckert fully endorse this product. (Note: Megan Graham is a business reporter, she knows endorsement-worthy products).


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Marques Bunn Kokomo native returning for hometown comedy show A comedian who grew up in Kokomo is back in his hometown performing all weekend – his second time here this year.Marques Bunn opens for longtime friend and fellow comedian Troy Davis at Laugh House Kokomo downtown. There are shows at 8 p.m. today and

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • This week's best bets 1) Rockin' in the park Stray Cat, Lee Rocker and Band performs a free show Saturday night at Foster Park, so don't miss it. The show goes from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and features special guests Tony Funk and the Homewreckers. Lee Rocker made his mark singin

    July 18, 2014

  • Editor's Picks 1) The Nutcracker Show Ron White performs his Nutcracker show at Honeywell Center in Wabash Saturday night. Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Now, as a chart-t

    July 18, 2014

  • Ziliak, Lindsey Searching for my lovable goof He busted a move on the dance floor while wearing a woman’s straw hat, and I couldn’t help but chuckle. They say that girls want to marry men like their fathers. For years, I swore that wasn’t true. Then one day I realized it actually was. That means

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Editor's Picks 1) Everyone's favorite ogre Footlite Musicals in Indianapolis presents Shrek the Musical at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at 1847 N. Alabama St. The musical, based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of ev

    July 11, 2014

  • This week's best bets 1) Fair Entertainment Check out local acts Shiny Penny, Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel and The Time Travelers at the Howard County 4-H Fair throughout the weekend. Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel and The Time Travelers take the stage tonight, with Mik

    July 11, 2014

  • NWS - duckderby 33 Rubber ducks are back at Kokomo Beach On Thursday 2,000 tiny, rubber ducks will race down the lazy river at Kokomo Beach to raise money for an organization that may be one of Kokomo’s best-kept secrets. Jamey Henderson said there are still many people who don’t know what Samaritan Caregi

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trapeze Flying high at the circus

    Carson Gerber takes a less-than-graceful turn on the trapeze.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • This week's best bets 1) Live music downtown Bands will perform live at Foster Park all weekend as part of the Haynes Apperson Festival, celebrating Kokomo's heritage. Crowd favorite Here Come the Mummies perform tonight with special guest 26 West. Bands take the stage at

    July 4, 2014

  • LNS - KT070414 - Editor's Picks - LMZ Editor's Picks 1) Canal Days Celebrate Canal Days in Delphi Saturday. Events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wabash and Erie Canal. Throughout the day the public is invited to participate in period correct “pick up” cricket matches, narrated and demonstrated by a

    July 4, 2014 1 Photo

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller