EPISODE 424: The Joy of Movement

Many of us chase happiness but happy states are fleeting anomalies largely out of our control. If you’re experiencing true joy right now, swim and revel in it, but know that soon it will be gone.

Instead of chasing happiness, what if we pursued states of “good” instead. You can feel good and happy at the same time, but you can also feel good while simultaneously feeling anxious, nervous, depressed, or overwhelmed. Unlike happiness, good is a target at which you take aim at and hit very consistently.

Get a good night’s sleep. You’ll feel good.
Eat a healthy meal. You’ll feel good.
Sit less, move more, and exercise. You’ll feel good.

Feeling good doesn’t fix all the other challenges in life, but it always helps. On this week’s podcast, you’ll meet the author of a new book, The Joy of Movement, an exploration into the biochemical, neurological, and emotional health benefits of using your body for what it was designed to do. To move.

Listen in to learn:

  • How movement and exercise release happy chemicals such as endocannabinoids, oxytocin, and endorphin
  • How exercising to music can actually help bring out your physical best
  • Group vs. at-home exercise, who wins?
  • COVID-19 tips and tricks to finding your flow
  • Why it’s important to reframe exercise as movement, and do whatever you like instead of what you think it “most effective” or “burns the most calories”

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ABOUT OUR GUEST

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist, teacher and writer who specializes in the mind-body connection. Many of you will know Kelly from her TED Talk “How to Make Stress Your Friend.” She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress. Her newest book is called, The Joy of Movement, and presents physical exercise as one of the more powerful and predictable antidotes to depression, anxiety, and loneliness.

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