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Why some people find exercise harder than others - Emily Balcetis

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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.

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Sometimes we feel uncomfortable about people’ reaction just because we picture what they are thinking, which is not true. Let us think in a more positive way. Strangers are not unwilling to talk. Friends are not disdain you.
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The Ted explain exactly how I think we have live our life. It’s all about perceptions. Everyone has different perceptions. The study that the woman told about, comprove how much the vision is important and how it’s can change things around us. For example: the people who were fit and who had a focused on the prize could be faster and though the exercise easier than others, like people unfit. The people who were better shape saw the “finish line” closer than people who were out of shape. And this perspective changed their motivation. So, we should learn more about this strategy of perspective. If we change our mind, consequently our life will be easier, not only about exercise. Let’s change our mind, and practice this every single day.
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it is interesting how our perception of the things around us can change according to our mood or our brain works, and in order to that, getting better or be happy, we need to focus on what is really important, set goals and make a plan if it does not work.
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