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Maintaining physical fitness depends on eating healthy and incorporating exercise into our lives. This TedTalk discusses why some people find it harder to exercise.
TedTalk by Balcetis
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Why do some people find it harder to exercise? (2 pts)
How much does your mental outlook regarding exercise affect your ability to exercise? (2 pts)
Describe the “Keep your eye on the prize” philosophy that Emily Balcetis discusses and does it work? (2 pts)
Response 1 Kathryn
Emily Balcetis tells us in her TedTalk that some people find it harder to exercise than others due to perspective and perception. The speaker explains that people who had higher hip-to-waist ratios saw a distance as physically further than those with a lower ratio. She also explains that this extends to our minds and whether we have higher or lower motivational levels.
The speaker explains that having meaningful and achievable goals can lead us to have a higher ability to perform physical exercise. Being unmotivated will increase the perceived and actual effort it takes to perform the task. This is not only true when it comes to exercise, but can be applied to any task.
We learned that the “Keeping your eye on the prize” philosophy works by minimizing distractions and lowering the objective nature of the activity. By drowning out the outside factors and focusing on the task at hand our motivation increases. When we teach ourselves to view the world differently we can change our natural perceptions.
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