The idea that fat is lazy and thin is virtuous has its roots in Christianity and is perpetuated by industry and media today.
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Moralistic talk about food, exercise and bodies has its roots in Christianity and is perpetuated by corporations. Collectively, we can resist.
Exercise and activity are important parts of living the lives humans are meant to live from an evolutionary standpoint.
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As the new year gets underway, millions will make resolutions. The author explains why resolving to live in accordance with the way humans have evolved could go a long way to increasing happiness.
The odds of hitting your target goals is improved by building ‘goal infrastructure’.
The power of intention only takes us so far. Achieving goals requires strategic infrastructure to overcome obstacles.
Ready for all the research-backed tips and tricks for setting a goal and meeting it?
What research says about how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions.
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Today, experts will be sharing with us insights into how to make a change in your life -- big or small -- using evidence from the world of academic research.
Pop metaphorical ‘brain bubbles’ by grounding your brain in the here and now.
Decades of work with lab rats lead to suggestions on how to stay grounded in the here and now, with benefits for brain health.
Do you want to learn how to play guitar? Write down why that’s important to you.
We often set generic goals, such as to exercise more. Because these don't necessarily tap into our personal motivations, we may not follow through. Goals that are meaningful to you are more effective.
Western societies are obsessed with body image – and it's stopping self-improvement.
All in the mind?
For good health and longevity, the right mindset – and less stress – may be more important than exercise.
Want a mentally healthy year? Don’t resolve to go on a diet.
Usually our resolutions are related to our physical health: going on a diet, joining a gym or drinking less. But what about our mental health?
Let your self-control gain momentum like a snowball rolling downhill.
Could your resolution resilience use a little science to back it up? A new study suggests practice can help your self-control – but don't push it too far.
Old habits die hard.
It's all about the Goldilocks Threshold.
We know that smoking and drinking is bad for your memory, but combined, they're so much worse.
If you want your New Year’s resolutions to last longer than the party, you need to create new habits. But how?
If you want to stick to your New Year's resolutions, a behaviourist's approach might help you create and keep new, healthy habits.
January is the boom period for the billion-dollar gym industry.
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Reinforcement of the idea that exercise will lead to weight loss acts as a disincentive for those who stick to their exercise goals to only find the scales haven't turned in their favour.
Self-control is a major problem for many of us, so failure to maintain New Year’s resolutions isn’t surprising.
Every year, millions of people around the world make New Year’s resolutions. And every year, the great majority of us break and abandon those resolutions. Psychology research can help.
Make them stick.
A professor of behavioural addiction gives us his top tips for sticking to New Year's resolutions
Temporal landmarks act as demarcations between a past self, who has perhaps failed to meet goals, and the present self, who has goal pursuit at their fingertips.
Recent psychological research highlights several reasons why New Year's resolutions might actually work - as well as simple ways to set yourself up for success.
What will your resolutions be?
In setting out our resolutions, we should first step back and take stock of what it is that we really want, what we consider the good life to be, and then think about how best we might achieve it.
It’s never too late to balance the ledger!
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