The 10 Best TED Talks About Healthy Living, Fitness, and Wellness

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Reading is a really rewarding past-time, and infinite-scrolling through Instagram is one of modern life’s most enjoyable guilty pleasures. But when it comes to getting a serious inspiration fix, nothing beats video. And no one does inspiration quite like TED. We round up our favorite health, wellness, and fitness TED talks, each life-changing in its own way.

1. All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes, By Andy Puddicombe

Andy Puddicombe is a mindfulness guru on a mission to show you that 10 short minutes a day can change your whole life.

2. How Healthy Living Nearly Killed Me, By AJ Jacobs

AJ Jacobs spent a year following every piece of ‘healthy habit’ expert advice he could find (think applying the recommended amount of sunscreen and regularly wearing a cycling helmet for safety). What he learned will surprise you.

3. A Simple Way To Break A Bad Habit, By Judson Brewer

We all have them and we all have trouble getting rid of them. Habit-forming expert and psychiatrist Judson Brewer breaks down the complexity of bad habit psychology into easy-to-digest tactics that can help you break those bad habits once and for all.

4. The Other Inconvenient Truth, By Jonathan Foley

Terraculture might just be the farming movement that can feed the planet without harming it. Jonathan Foley educates about the massive environmental holes in our exponential demand for food.

5. Why Some People Find Exercise Harder Than Others, By Emily Balcetis

Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shares the fascinating reason why some of us find working out to be a chore, whilst others can’t get enough!

6. What’s Wrong With What We Eat, By Marc Bittman

In his poignant and humorous talk, Mark Bittman, one of the most prolific food commentators of our time, talks about how as a culture, we have forgotten the proper way to eat.

7. Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work, By Sandra Aamodt

You’ve heard it before, and you will hear it again: dieting doesn’t work. Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt explains why not.

8. The Art Of Choosing, By Sheena Iyengar

Thought by many to be the world’s foremost expert on how we make choices, Columbia Business School Professor Sheena Iyengar has devoted her life to figuring out why and how we choose. In this talk, she offers up the highlights of her groundbreaking research.

9. Teach Every Child About Food, By Jamie Oliver

Using his Huntington, West Virginia anti-obesity campaign as a test case, Britain’s most inspiring chef discusses how we have failed our children when it comes to food, diet and nutrition.

10. How To Live To Be 100+, By Dan Buettner

National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestseller Dan Buettner, highlights the key findings from his Blue Zones study of centenarian communities across the globe, illustrating their common healthy living and dietary habits, all of which you can follow.

All videos courtesy of TED; lead photo from TED Facebook Page


  • Sonalie Figueiras

    2021 Women of Power, 2019 GEN T Honoree, V Label Global Hero, 2 x TEDx Speaker: Serial social entrepreneur & trends forecaster Sonalie Figueiras is a sustainability expert, food futurist and eco-powerhouse who has been inspiring global audiences for over a decade with practical steps on how to fight climate change. Known as the Green Queen of Asia, she is the founder and Editor in Chief of the award-winning Green Queen - the region’s first impact media platform that educates millions of readers on the connection between health, sustainability and the environment and showcases future solutions. She is also the co-founder and CEO of organic sourcing platform Ekowarehouse and climate tech SaaS Source Green, which helps consumer brands quit plastic packaging thanks to proprietary plastic reduction software. In addition, Sonalie is a global keynote speaker and an advisor to multiple mission-driven startups and NGOs, and a venture partner to several VC funds.

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