i recently watched this TED talk. it’s from a couple of years ago, but it’s totally relevant. there are SO many fads and ideas out there on being healthy. which ones are the best? the promoters all claim they are the best one. so how do you know what to leave and what to pick up?
sometimes it’s obvious. shake weight anyone? i don’t think so. ab lounge? nope. sketchers shape-ups? absolutely not.
but sometimes the lines are blurred. which diet should i follow? paleo, atkins, south beach, HCG, low carb, cabbage soup, calorie restriction, carb cycling… i’ve tried so many over the years i’ve lost count at this point. which exercise routine is the best? don’t get me started on that one.
last year, i tried just about everything out there. and all i got was some weight loss (and gain, to be honest) and a whole lot of confusion. if you try to do everything, you will drive yourself crazy! i’m not going to begin to tell anyone what they should do. it’s kind of something you should find out for yourself. but i think the keys are balance and consistency, which are two things i was sorely missing last year (and pretty much every year before that).
anyway… i like this guy’s talk for a couple of reasons. he’s funny, honest and thought-provoking. enjoy!
here’s the blurb from TED: Have you ever wondered what would happen if you followed every single piece of health advice you ever heard? Well, luckily, you don’t have to, since that’s pretty much what A.J. Jacobs did (and we don’t recommend it). Jacob’s hilarious experience is a great reminder that in an overwhelming world of health and fitness advice, it’s important to go one step at a time, maintain a sense of humor, and keep perspective about what’s most important in life.
here’s a list of the 22 best TED talks on fitness, health and happiness. they’re all super interesting.