Being Well Podcast: The Joy of Movement
January 20, 2020

We all know that exercise is good for us, but that doesn’t always make it easy to do. Dr. Kelly McGonigal joins Dr. Hanson and Forrest to share some of the surprising benefits of activity, and how to find ease and joy in movement.

Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist, lecturer at Stanford University, and award-winning science writer. Her scientific research focuses on the mind-body connection, and how to cultivate resilience and compassion. She is the author of several wonderful books, including the international bestseller The Willpower Instinct, The Upside of Stress, and her newest book The Joy of Movement: How exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage.

She’s appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Anderson Cooper Show, and CNN’s Vital Signs. Her 2013 TED Talk “How to Make Stress Your Friend” has been viewed over 20 million times.

Today we explore:

  • How movement draws us into social connection.
  • The lasting biological benefits of any movement practice.
  • How to access willpower and align with our values.

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  • 01:13: Movement as a cure for loneliness.
  • 12:48: How can movement help us express agency?
  • 18:40: Moving past blocks around exercise.
  • 23:31: Why is it that people tend to struggle with sticking with exercise, and what can we do about it?
  • 28:56: How can we work toward success?
  • 33:50: How can people work with their internal inhibitions related to movement?
  • 38:26: Bringing conscious movement to the rest of our day.
  • 43:33: A message to your younger self.

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