We’ve compiled the best TED talks on fitness, health, and nutrition into one handy list. TED talks are a great way to learn something new in a short amount of time. So if you’re looking for ideas or inspiration to change your life (or your fitness business), then these powerful, bite-size talks will do the job.

In this article – we share 7 of the best TED talks on fitness, health, and nutrition (plus some useful business-related ones for gyms and fitness professionals).

Below you’ll find inspiring presentations on a range of topics, from exercise and habit development, to nutrition and health promotion. Learn to love working out, build healthy habits, and more.

  1. Fitness – Why Some People Find Exercise Harder Than Others
  2. Nutrition – Why Dieting Doesn’t Work
  3. Habit Development – How To Break Bad Habits
  4. Health Promotion – How An Obese Town Lost A Million Pounds
  5. Leadership – How Great Leaders Inspire Action
  6. Motivation – The Puzzle Of Motivation
  7. Recruitment – Why The Best Hires Don’t Have Perfect Resumes

#1 – Fitness – Why Some People Find Exercise Harder Than Others

Why do some people dread the gym or procrastinate with workouts? Why aren’t they excited by Spin classes or refreshed by running?

This talk provides insights into how people perceive exercise differently. It’ll help you understand why some people hate exercise and others love it, along with a practical strategy for making exercise feel easier!

If you don’t like exercise, then this video will help. And if you’re passionate about fitness and find it difficult to understand why others hate it, this talk will be illuminating.

#2 – Nutrition – Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work

This talk discusses the neuroscience related to dieting and how our brains are wired to limit weight loss. It describes how our hypothalamus regulates body weight, by adjusting hunger, activity, and metabolism to push the body back towards what it considers normal.

“Diets may seem harmless, but they actually do a lot of collateral damage.”

It also discusses the concepts of intuitive vs controlled eating. According to research, intuitive eaters who eat until they’re full, are less likely to be overweight. By contrast, controlled eaters (who count calories and restrict food intake) are more vulnerable to overeating. This talk also includes mindful eating strategies that are ideal for people wanting to manage their diet…

#3 – Habit Development – A Simple Way To Break Bad Habits

Improving health and fitness involves developing healthy habits and breaking bad ones. It’s not just about diet and exercise – it’s about long-term lifestyle change. So, how can we change our health and fitness habits for the better?

Trigger ⇒ Behaviour ⇒ Reward

This talk explains exactly how habits are formed and discusses a simple strategy for breaking bad ones. Instead of fighting the brain, and trying to ignore cravings, it suggests that we get really curious about them. By focusing on being aware of the bad habit, people disconnect from it, and then naturally let go.

#4 – Health Promotion – How An Obese Town Lost A Million Pounds

This is a fascinating talk for anyone interested in health promotion. In it, the Mayor of Oklahoma City describes how they went from being one of the fattest cities in America to one of the fittest.

Oklahoma went beyond the usual health initiatives and redesigned the entire city around people (instead of cars). They improved walkability by building hundreds of miles of sidewalks, making the existing streets more pedestrian-friendly, and creating a large central park for locals. This cultural shift towards making health a priority, lead to the city lose over a million pounds of weight collectively…

The next few talks are particularly useful for gym owners and personal trainers. Running a fitness business usually involves wearing a lot of different hats… Sales, HR, marketing, operations, customer service, and of course… training. But finding time to build expertise in all these different areas can be tough. Fortunately, these TED talks will help…

#5 – Team Leadership – How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Strong leadership ensures your team is as committed to your business as you are. The latest fitness equipment and stylish interior design simply won’t matter, if your staff isn’t inspired to deliver great service.

“People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.”

In this talk, Simon Sinek explains how most businesses motivate staff and customers in the wrong way. And how turning the usual approach on its head, can inspire your team and clients to remain motivated and loyal.

#6 – Team Incentives – The Puzzle Of Motivation

This talk will have you rethinking whether commission is really needed to incentivise membership sales. In it, Dan Pink makes the case that financial incentives actually reduce productivity, based on overwhelming evidence from scientific studies.

“There’s a mismatch between what science knows, and what business does.”

Instead of encouraging success through external motivation (i.e. using the carrot and stick approach), he argues that internal motivation leads to better results. Pink also discusses practical ways for fostering this kind of internal motivation, that you can apply in your own business.

#7 – Recruitment – Why The Best Hire Might Not Have The Perfect Resume

The average gym has a pretty high turnover of staff, which means recruitment is an on-going task. Finding those all-star team members who’ll stay for the long term can be pretty tough, but this talk will help. In it, Regina Hartley explains why people who don’t have the ideal resume, often have other, more valuable characteristics…

So there are seven inspiring TED Talks that we think every gym owner should watch. Hungry for more fitness-related business training? Then check out our marketing blog for practical ideas and strategies.

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Caroline @ Wellness Creative Co

Qualified personal trainer (BSc Sports Science) & nutritionist (MSc Human Nutrition) with 15+ years of fitness & wellness marketing experience working with global brands.