Winning The Mental Battle of Physical Fitness and Obesity | Ogie Shaw | TEDxSpokane

Winning The Mental Battle of Physical Fitness and Obesity | Ogie Shaw | TEDxSpokane

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Physical Fitness does not have to be complicated. There are psychological aspects to staying motivated for fitness and then a few rules to adopt for success. The speaker presents his ideas on motivation, measuring your fitness level, and exercises to become fit.

Ogie Shaw is a native of Raleigh, NC. He is a veteran of the US Army and served in Vietnam. Afterwards, he graduated from UNC at Chapel Hill earning degrees in both Speech and Physical Education, later earning certification as a Health Promotion Director from the Cooper Institute® in Dallas, Texas. He served with the Portland Police Bureau and later joined a national network of medical and fitness leaders dedicated to teaching the health benefits of daily exercise. He has been an author, counselor, seminary graduate and pastor to Portland-area retirement homes. He has trained the Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Seahawks, and he has been asked to write a book on his work providing fitness training for paraplegics.

Ogie has had a passion for fitness, health, business, and music all of his life. His career goal is to establish a model for a fitness lifestyle for Americans that is sufficient to impact physical and mental health. He has given over 5000 speeches on fitness motivation.

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  1. It is not mental, it’s anatomy and physiology. We are an invalid species. Poison tastes good, nutrients taste bad, and exercise hurts, especially the next day. It is not willpower.

  2. My years in the US military: Keep physically fit or get kicked out. Also: Stay exceptionally physically fit or don't get promoted, then get kicked out.

    US Military: Funded by tax dollars
    Public Schools: Funded by tax dollars

    There should be physical fitness standards in schools, period.

  3. I have known numerous people who exemplified nutritious eating habits but they were seriously lacking in physical fitness. Conversely I have known fit people with horrible diets, but the fitter they got, they more they craved better nututrition without struggling to change that part.

    Conclusion: Better to listen to your fitness motivator than just to your nutritionist.

  4. That’s so true about needing more reps and intensity to achieve fatigue. I went to basic training (army) 98 (YES 98!) lbs and came out of AIT 132lbs, all muscle. When I went to basic I couldn’t do 10 push-ups. In 11 weeks I could knock out 162 in 2 (YES 2) minutes. If you TRAIN for something specific, you would be shocked what your body can do. And don’t go into it thinking “I wanna lose weight” set a goal for each workout. Ex. “I’m gonna do five more minutes on the the stair master” or “I’m gonna increase my leg press from 245 to 300lbs” when you take your mind off the result and focus on the work, you become less obsessed with losing weight and more obsessed with the miracles your body can perform.

  5. Spent a summer in Slovakia with the ex Fiancé when she coached basketball players, I only saw maybe 2 players who were slightly overweight, the other girls were much healthier than kids of the same age range in the States. I'm currently living in Tenessee. It really is incredible how much of an impact culture, diet, and livelihoods impact our health and our next generations health and fitness.

  6. Excellent presentation. I am 60 and exercise every day and eat a vegan (WFPB) diet. I am rewarded with low blood pressure, low cholesterol, a resting heart rate of 53, and lots of energy. Feeling great and staying out of doctor’s waiting rooms is my motivation.

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