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Get in shape (for real this time)

It is the New Year’s Resolution that you make over and over again. Here, talks to help you actually stick to it—and do it in a kind, effective way.

  1. 12:42
    Sandra Aamodt Why dieting doesn't usually work

    In the US, 80% of girls have been on a diet by the time they're 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies, as she explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She suggests ideas for how to live a less diet-obsessed life, intuitively.

  2. 14:08
    Emily Balcetis Why some people find exercise harder than others

    Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: our vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently — and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.

  3. 15:52
    Christopher McDougall Are we born to run?

    Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries of the human desire to run. How did running help early humans survive — and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today? McDougall tells the story of the marathoner with a heart of gold, the unlikely ultra-runner, and the hidden tribe in Mexico that runs to live.

  4. 15:15
    Mick Cornett How an obese town lost a million pounds

    Oklahoma City is a midsized town that had a big problem: It was among the most obese towns in America. Mayor Mick Cornett realized that, to make his city a great place to work and live, it had to become healthier too. In this charming talk, he walks us through the interlocking changes that helped OKC drop a collective million pounds (450,000 kilos).

  5. 8:42
    AJ Jacobs How healthy living nearly killed me

    For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could — from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.

  6. 3:12
    Dean Ornish Your genes are not your fate

    Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.