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4 Must Watch TED Talks for Exercise Motivation

Have you decided to get fit and healthy into the new year yet again?

Worry not and buckle yourself up for success in your fitness resolutions this year with the help of these 4 TED talks for exercise motivation.

Starting to exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle is a matter of both motivation and strategy. Motivation is the key to deciding to start exercising whereas strategy is important in making exercise a part of your lifestyle. 

With the help of these ted talks on exercise motivation, not only will you get inspired to spur begin exercising but also, simple ideas to devise an exercise plan that will help you make exercise a part of your life.

If you didn’t know, TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. They organize independently run TEDx events to help share ideas in communities around the world.

It’s been more than 5 years that I’ve been hooked to TED for new ideas and inspiration.

I absolutely love the platform and would definitely recommend you check it out if you haven’t already. They feature talks by people whose ‘ideas are worth spreading’ with the world, on almost every important topic.

Exercising is something almost everyone struggles with despite knowing it’s massive importance in health and well-being. Therefore it’s important that people become more aware of how they can make exercise a part of their life.

Watch these four TED talks for exercise motivation and begin your journey to a fit and healthy life.

The brain-changing benefits of exercise | Wendy Suzuki

Watch this insightful and immersive talk by Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscientist, and certified exercise instructor to understand how exercise can make a significant impact on your brain health. Wendy starts off by sharing her own story of how she discovered the mood-boosting impacts of exercise which eventually forced her to shift her research focus to look into exactly how exercise was improving brain health.

Wendy then goes on to reveal the astonishing findings from her research studies including the immediate positive impact exercise has on the brain along with its long-lasting benefits against neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive decline with age. Finally, she finishes off her talk by asking her audience to participate in a small and entertaining exercise drill.

Watch this ted talk to find out about the real benefits that exercising can provide you, both immediately and in the long term. Provide yourself with that little bit of extra motivation to finally begin exercising. You can check out her renowned book, ‘Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better.’

Why Sitting Down Destroys You | Roger Frampton

In this eye-opening ted talk (with an alarming title), fitness expert and male model, Roger Frampton speaks about the ill effects of sitting down for prolonged hours, day in day out. He shares his story of how, as a fitness coach, he discovered the importance of having flexibility in the spine after being left embarrassed by a 6-year-old kid at the gymnasium.

Roger delivers an entertaining and insightful talk of how leading a sedentary lifestyle is killing our bodies a little by little with every passing day. He shares some of the natural postures that every human being is capable of taking, yet can’t when grown up. Lastly, he shares a special standing posture highly effective in working up your leg muscles and the spine.

Watch Roger’s ted talk to understand why stretching and flexibility training should be a necessary part of your exercise regimen. Get motivated to start off your exercise practice with something as easy as stretching, which could have a significant impact on your body.

You should also check out Roger’s book, ‘The Flexible Body: Move Better Anywhere, Anytime in 10 Minutes a Day,’ where he has shared a series of positions, stretches, rolls, and balances from his famous flexibility training, The Frampton Method.

Winning The Mental Battle of Physical Fitness and Obesity | Ogie Shaw

Ogie Shaw delivers an entertaining and insightful talk on the real problems of exercising and staying fit. He provides evidence-based reasons as to why the American youth is increasingly suffering from obesity, diabetes, and bad cardiovascular health, not only due to lack of exercise but also because of misleading tests and systems to measure physical fitness.

You already know that exercise is important but why don’t you do it? Ogie shares the two most common reasons for this problem. And discloses valuable information to help you overcome any barriers to making exercise a part of your lifestyle. 

Watch this ted talk to find out about the real problem behind why you may be reluctant to exercise and the apparent dangers that children face because of misleading fitness standards. Equip yourself with a proven system to exercise every day and lead a fit lifestyle.

Why some people find exercise harder than others | Emily Balcetis 

Watch this insightful ted talk by the award-winning Social psychologist, Emily Balcetis to discover why you have been putting off exercising till now and what you can do to change that. Using her social experiments as evidence, Emily confirms that people who think of themselves as unhealthy perceive doing exercise as more difficult than those who consider themselves to be healthy. This observation led Emily to find out a solution for everyone who needs to exercise.

In another social experiment, Emily found out her answer. People who are motivated to complete their tasks perceive the task to be significantly easier. But how to make them motivated? The solution is surprisingly simple yet extremely effective as Emily discloses it. Watch the talk to discover this simple hack to motivate yourself to exercise.

You should also check out Emily’s groundbreaking book called ‘Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World.’

I hope these ted talks for exercise motivation have inspired you with a breadth of knowledge and inspiration to begin your exercise routine and continue it for the rest of your life.


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