5 Inspiring TED Videos That Will Motivate You To Stick To Your Healthy Living Resolutions
We are now more than half-way through January! That went by really quick, didn’t it?
How are you doing with your New Year resolutions?
If you still haven’t chosen one, I have 10 great ideas for you in this previous blog post.
Just choose any one to start with – you won’t regret it, trust me!
If you’ve already started and are making good progress then good for you!
Today, I’m sharing with you 5 videos that will keep you motivated to work towards those healthy living goals or help you find your motivation to get started on them.
The Power of Believing That You Can Improve – Carol Dweck
“Every time they pushed out of their comfort zone to learn something new and difficult, the neurons in their brain can form new stronger connections, and over time, they can get smarter.”
In this talk, Professor Carol Dweck goes through what a growth mindset is all about. Although she addresses how this mentality has helped students, this is a useful concept for ANYONE to understand because many of us, when trying to achieve a new year resolution, come across a few stumbling blocks and have a tendency to give up entirely. By understanding what a growth mindset is and adopting it, you can change the language that you speak to yourself to help you overcome these obstacles more easily.
How to Make Stress Your Friend – Kelly McGonigal
“When you change your mind about stress, you can change your body’s response to stress.”
When we are going through our busy days, it’s sometimes difficult to have the energy or to make time to stick to our new year resolutions. This in itself can be stressful, right? But don’t let that stress get you stuck. In this talk, health psychologist Kelly McGonigal goes through how dwelling on stress can actually debilitate you and how to view stress in another way so that you can transform it into productivity instead.
What would happen if you didn’t sleep? – Claudia Aguirre
“In the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm.”
In this talk, Claudia Aguirre gives us a brief overview on why we sleep and how the lack of it can affect our health. Sleep is a grossly underappreciated contributor to optimal health. Many of us get into chronic states of what’s known as ‘social jet lag’. The detrimental effects are similar to real jet lag resulting from traveling across time zones but without the fun of an actual holiday! In most cases, social jet lag is completely a self-imposed punishment to our body.
Can we eat to starve cancer? – William Li
“Here are the dietary factors going head to head against these drugs. You can see that they clearly hold their own and in some cases, they’re more potent than the actual drugs. Soy, parsley, garlic, grapes, berries – I could go home and cook a tasty meal with these ingredients.”
Dr. William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer: by preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a cancerous tumor. The most important step is eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game. Although there are pharmaceutical drugs that work the same way, eating foods that do this naturally results in less side effects and have been shown to be effective as well.
What makes muscles grow? – Jeffrey Siegel
“It is with muscles as it is with life; meaningful growth requires challenge and stress.”
In this video, Jeffrey Siegel shows us how a good mix of sleep, nutrition and different types of exercise keep your muscles as big and strong as possible. Genetic factors also play a role in a person’s ability to grow muscle. So, if your goal is a fitter, more toned body or muscle growth, then it’s more than just going to the gym that matters.
Remember, resolutions don’t need to happen on New Year’s Day or even in January. Whenever you decide to take control of your health and your life, you’ll feel more empowered and more vibrant.
Making that decision can happen January 1st or March 1st, or ANY day really. You don’t need a calendar to dictate them.
If you’re still stuck for ideas, download my free guide with 100 Ways To Instantly Upgrade Your Health and Unleash Your Genetic Potential. It’s a short but powerful read full of strategies that don’t require a lot of time.