Jan 23, 2020
What motivates you to exercise? Is it because you have a goal that you are working towards like completing a race or lifting a specific amount of weight? Or is it because you want to avoid a negative outcome such as a chronic disease or the health effects of having excessive body-fat?
Here is an idea, how about exercise purely for the sake of enjoyment? Seriously, if you have the ability to be physically active (there are those out there who unfortunately do not have this gift) then why not get out and move so that you can enjoy all that life has to offer? One benefit of being in good shape is that you have options for how you want to live your life so why not focus on using exercise for the purpose of enhancing your quality of life?
On this episode of All About Fitness, Dr. Kelly McGonigal, a research psychologist at Stanford University, joins me to discuss her new book the Joy of Movement. Not only does Dr. McGonigal study how physical activity and exercise can change the way your brain functions, she is also a certified group fitness instructor who teaches classes on a regular basis, meaning that she practices what she preaches. Our conversation will provide you with specific suggestions for how you can change your approach to exercise so that it can become something that you look forward to doing as opposed to being something that you feel you have to do.
Dr. McGonigal's Ted Talk about The Benefits of Stress is one of the most popular of all time, WATCH IT HERE
To learn more about exercise and the types of workouts that can enhance your quality of life, invest in a copy of Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple - it puts my 20 years of experience as a personal trainer and fitness educator at your fingertips!
To see exercises and workouts that you SHOULD be doing, visit the All About Fitness Podcast channel on YouTube or follow Pete on Instagram at: @PeteMcCall_fitness
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