TED Talks for Fitness Junkies

There is a physical and mental battle that most people are constantly fighting in some way. That is getting fit and staying fit. This battle alone has created a multibillion dollar industry full of solutions and sometimes delusions. The fight for fitness is in magazines, commercials, and even TED Talks. Even though the TED Talks stage is a space reserved for intellectual, thought-provoking banter; it also offers some interesting perspectives on the Battle of the Bulge. Here are three intriguing ways to improve your fitness according to the TED Talks experts.

Sandra Aamodt on Mindful Eating

Ditch the diet. In Sandra Aamodt’s talk, she outlines how many women began dieting when they were as young as 10 years old. Unfortunately, this did not result in them being a healthy weight by the time they reached adulthood. Aamodt argues that giving one’s self permission to eat when hungry and stopping when satisfied is the true key to better health.

Emily Balcetis on How Vision Affects Exercise

It’s a known fact that perception greatly affects how one sees the world. Some see the glass as half full while others see it as half empty. Social psychologist, Emily Balcetis explains that this same way of perceiving the water level of the glass is also how people perceive the difficulty level of exercise. Her study finds that those who saw a distance to a finish line as closer also perceived that distance as easier to reach. She went further to find that high motivation levels also played a key role in how close a finish line seemed.

Derek Sivers on Keeping Fitness Goals a Secret

In the age of share-everything social media, fitness goals and weight loss journeys are constantly being announced. Many say that this is done for accountability, but does the announcement make the goals more reachable? Derek Sivers doesn’t believe so. He cites a study that finds that telling others about goals before accomplishing steps to reach them has an adverse effect. The satisfaction of actually working toward the goal is usurped by the feel good sensations of just telling others about it. Conversely, keeping goals under wraps make them more likely to be achieved.

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