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Posted: August 20, 2013

22 amazing fitness, health & happiness TED Talks

The 22 best TED Talks for fitness, health, and happiness inspiration


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If you have access to the Internet, you’ve likely seen one: We’re talking about TED Talks.

These live-recorded videos are inspirational life lessons from experts in fields from architecture to cardiology and everywhere in between brought (for free) to Internet audiences by TED, a non-profit dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

There are now thousands of “Talks” on the site — mid-sized videos each with its own “ah-ha!” message or insight. But with so much inspiring to be had, where do you even start looking for innovative talks on fitness, health, and happiness?

To help curate this free, digital resource, Greatist selected 22 Ted Talks that offer something simple and motivating to apply to everyday life. Whether you want to push your workout limits, eat less meat, or stop wasting time at work, these videos can act as starting points for your next small step in the right direction.

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1. Christopher McDougall: Are We Born to Run?

Using his knowledge of evolution, anthropologist and author Christopher McDougall explains the surprising ways that running helped early humans run their world. McDougall’s explanation of why humans are built to move will inspire you to hit the road.

2. David Blaine: How I Held My Breath for 17 Minutes

You may know David Blaine as the crazy-impressive magician who endured living in a block of ice for 63 hours and balanced standing atop a 22-inch wide pole 100 feet in the air for 35 hours. (No big deal.)  Here, he talks about what it took to train and execute his Guinness World Record-breaking 17 minutes under water — including all of the failure, fighting, and pain that went into it. Blaine is inspirational for how he trained like crazy and push towards breaking through a plateau, no matter the obstacles. (Just be aware — holding your breath for 17 minutes is not recommended.) 

3. Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days

Matt Cutts, an engineer at Google, explains how trying justone new thing every day for a month was a fun, rewarding, and eye-opening experience for him. Have you always wanted to try yoga, kickboxing, or maybe golf? Cutts says 30 days is long enough to form a habit and stick with it, but short enough that you won’t go crazy if you eventually dislike it.

For all 22 videos, go to Greatist.com.


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