7 of the Best Health and Fitness TED Talks You Need to Watch

Inspiring is just one of the words often associated with TED Talks, which has no dearth of videos worth watching. Whether you are looking for inspirations to get back in shape or simply want to explore ideas about healthy living, here are some of the best health and fitness talks you should add to your must-watch list.

AJ Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

Healthy living is one of those goals you often hear from a lot of people. In this talk, AJ Jacobs provides an interesting perspective about the single-minded pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Find out what the downsides of healthy living and how to find that right balance to get the most benefit from it.

Christopher McDougall: Are we born to run?

Why do people run? This talk explores what seems like an intrinsic desire and motivation to run. Listen to stories about different runners and the interesting tales surrounding why they run.

Dean Ornish: Healing through diet

The importance of diet in health and fitness has long been widely-accepted. This talk explores the role of diet in the body’s natural healing abilities. It also touches on the therapeutic benefits of energy and meditation.

Emily Balcetis: Why some people find exercise harder than others

Some people seem to have no trouble sticking to fitness routine while others struggle to stay on track. If you identify more with the latter, then this talk may be a source of inspiration on how to overcome the roadblocks to getting and staying fit. Watch and find out how vision or the way you perceive the world plays a role in fitness.

Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food

Jamie Oliver talks about the importance of teaching children about food not just to combat obesity but as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle. It puts a spotlight on how individual and collective changes can impact lifelong health and fitness.

Judson Brewer: A simple way to break a bad habit

Anyone who has tried to break a bad habit will know how challenging it can be at times. This talk provides an interesting perspective on how to view bad habits and the role of mindfulness in breaking them.

Matt Cutts: Try something new for 30 days

A lighthearted and refreshing talk about how doing one thing consistently for thirty days can bring about positive change.

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Keeping Fit and Healthy During the Holidays

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The holidays are often a time of celebration. From parties to intimate family gatherings, there are often a lot of late nights and lots of eating involved. The season of revelry brings it with loads of fun and a chance to loosen up to simply enjoy the season. On the downside, it is also a time when freezing temperatures and the whirlwind of activities may get in the way of fitness routines. And with all the partying and eating involved habits like healthy eating tend to get thrown out of the window. But enjoying the holidays does not have to be an excuse to slack off from exercise and eating right. Here are some things you can do to keep fit and healthy during the holidays.

Keep wellbeing a priority

Prioritizing your wellbeing over the holidays can help you make the most of the season’s fun and excitement. Eat nutritious foods, make time for daily exercise, and spend some time for rest and relaxation. These things do not only have potential long-term benefits. It can also help you manage holiday stress more effectively.

Don’t give up your personal time

It is easy to get caught in the constant whirl of activities once the holiday season begins. You have to guard your personal time and use it to replenish your energy. Make time to take care of your own needs. Use your private time for quiet, self-reflection, or other relaxing pursuits. Learn to say no to invitations or additional responsibilities that could put needless pressure on you. Use your personal time for activities or pursuits that soothe your mind and body.

Set a positive example

You can set a good example on staying healthy during the holidays. Sticking to healthy routines and habits amid the crazy busyness of the holidays can inspire your family, friends, and other people around you to follow suit.

Keeping things in moderation. Indulge on those delicious foods or treats that you want, but avoid overdoing it. Choose the healthiest choices available, if possible, and try to pay more attention to portion sizes.

Prepare healthy meals and snacks for family and friends. Get creative in cooking appetizing, high-nutrition treats that everyone can enjoy.

Squeeze in some time for recreational or physical activities. Stay active by sticking to an exercise routine or doing some physical activities. Try some at-home exercises or head outdoors for a walk or a run.
Take the time relax. Remind yourself that you are not obligated to accept all the invitations you receive. Know your limits and make sure that you manage your calendar well so you can get enough sleep each night.