The Exercise Happiness Paradox | Chris Wharton | TEDxSevenoaks

30 Sep 2021
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How can you manipulate your brain to achieve greater levels of happiness? Can you be so inspired that your daily exercises bring you joy and increase your self-esteem?
By practicing the four key strategies given in this TEDx talk, we can all achieve greater levels of energy, mood and overall health along with positive long-term changes in our physiques.

Chris is the creator of the Exercise Happiness Paradox and one of the world’s leading health and fitness entrepreneurs. His strategies on how to live a happier and healthier life have helped tens of thousands of clients achieve life changing results over the past 15 years. His practical, no nonsense approach to fitness and fat loss has appeared in Men's Health, Women's Health, BBC News, Sky and dozens of other national publications.

Connect with Chris Wharton on Instagram @chriswharton1

This talk was given at TEDxSevenoaks with the theme ‘Come together’ using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
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Production crew : RGJones

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Chris is one of the UK's most experienced health and well being experts with over 15 years in the industry as a Personal Trainer, Gym Owner and Author. His practical, no nonsense approach to fitness and fat loss has appeared in Men's Health, Women's Health, BBC News, Sky and dozens of other national publications. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

  • I love this message Chris. Thank you!!!

    Antony HyltonAntony HyltonVor 22 Stunden
  • He talks about how heart breaking it is to see someone crying about their body no perfect, their stretch marks, etc. as it is based on what they have been told they should be - and I certainly agree with his message love that he's trying to help but the more cynical side of me wonders... does he date women who are heavy with stretch marks? It's easy to look like him and say it's a societal construct to be skinny and 'perfect' (that's true, not talking about general healthiness) but there is more to it than wanting to be on a magazine cover.

    Samantha CSamantha CVor 2 Tage
  • Brilliant. Truth. Genius.

    Rob HarveyRob HarveyVor 12 Tage
  • A brilliant talk! Isn't the way that we "feel" about the way that we look still based on "feelings"?

    Reece CokerReece CokerVor 22 Tage
  • That was wonderful thank you I needed to hear that right now

    Chenoa Brock-WalderChenoa Brock-WalderVor Monat
  • I love his message!

    May YangMay YangVor Monat
  • love his passion, great talk!!!

    SleepSmartSmashStress8SleepSmartSmashStress8Vor Monat
  • I absolutely loved your talk, so refreshing and honest, thank you 🙏

    Michelle RMichelle RVor Monat
  • Beautiful. I completely garee with him and have been trying to follow the same principles for quite some time now. Social media sucks. I don't have any social media account...period. If I get up in the middle of night and am feeling stressed or low I go for a jog walk. Come back feeling very good👍

    Kulbir RekhiKulbir RekhiVor Monat
  • Thank you!

    Maciej SmolarekMaciej SmolarekVor Monat
  • Fad unsustainable diets and obsessive exercising begone! real talk which goes beyond the fake and superficiality of it all. Thanks for this 🧁💪

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  • If you would like to have her in complete gratification and have her asking for you to keep going with it, try go'ogling a few of the suggestions by Greyzar Drinbo, you are likely to go for at minimum 30 minutes more than you normally do.

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  • Fantastic

    A OwensA OwensVor Monat
  • Great talk. But the two guys shown are not of the same person. Look at the moles on the skin. That was unnecessary.

    Yusuf GungorYusuf GungorVor Monat
  • Loved the talk. Thanks for sharing this message Chris.

    sukesh saliansukesh salianVor Monat
  • What a great talk, I couldn’t agree more. I exercise for heart health, improving my balance, bone density maintenance, brain clarity (and hopefully staving off dementia in old age) and lastly for mood enhancement and those mental feel good benefits. Weight loss or weight maintenance is due 95% to practising sensible dietary balance, the evidence for that is beyond doubt. I like to exercise for all the other wonderful benefits it confers on my feelings of well being. Our bodies are extraordinary biological machines, that like all machinery needs regular maintenance to keep it working well. I hope the cultural narrative shifts, and we begin to increasingly appreciate the amazing functionality of what our bodies actually do, day in and day out, and focus less on some artificially constructed ideal of how they should look.

    Raewyn Ann BentenRaewyn Ann BentenVor Monat
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      김은숙김은숙Vor Monat
  • I feel like because most people and society still values physical appearance as an attribute vs just physical appearance, it means that attractive people still tend to get ahead, especially in asian cultures, where plastic surgery is a norm. I guess change starts with the individual, but it's definitely still difficult when you're "fighting" against the grain

    Joy YuJoy YuVor Monat
  • Beautiful! I preach much of this myself but still struggle with the set routine of it. Gonna try the good advice of shaking it up.

    Kaddy FeastKaddy FeastVor Monat
  • easy to say for him when he looks like a god...

    M MMM MMVor Monat
  • This is spot-on! Thank you!

    Sandie MackSandie MackVor Monat
  • Thanks for this amazing talk! My partner has body dysmorphic disorder, so this video is highly regarded and helpful to us

    Zoey DeuZoey DeuVor Monat
  • This is so important. I love his passion, great talk!!!

    lisa sawyerlisa sawyerVor Monat
  • It’s a good talk. I know a lot of people who find tracking weight motivating but it should not be something you feel burdened by I agree that performance is more important. And you can be a lower weight and not necessarily healthier

    Jonny BinghamJonny BinghamVor Monat
    • 3 times a week works for me same time of day ,I feel like I'm more aware but not obsessive

      kelly 81kelly 81Vor Monat

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  • Awesome 😎

    Tann DigedanTann DigedanVor Monat
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    Thomas DarlingThomas DarlingVor Monat
  • Fantastic. Great advice

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  • A video everyone must watch.

    Sarun GhimireSarun GhimireVor Monat
  • Best TEDx ever. He backs up everything he says plus what others say - and perfectly presented

    schmoboramaschmoboramaVor Monat
  • Loved this talk - changing our view, changes the inner conversation

    Natasha ParryNatasha ParryVor Monat
  • Wisdom and kindness all wrapped in one. Great talk!

    Craig MinchinCraig MinchinVor Monat
  • Awesome talk! ♥️

    PikachewPikachewVor Monat
  • Yes. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. And all deserve happiness.

    Sandy EdwardsSandy EdwardsVor Monat
  • Great talk

    Mo Naim ThaherMo Naim ThaherVor Monat
  • Thank u for show that photo comparison -it was such an eye opener!

    kelly 81kelly 81Vor Monat
  • 13:14

    Abhijit karkeraAbhijit karkeraVor Monat
  • While everything he said (well, most everythng) I agree with, I don't think that perfection is the problem. Most people do not exercise as evidenced by the fact that we're getting fatter and fatter every year. As a life-long exerciser, I would only add that whatever you do, make sure that you at least do 150 minutes of high intensity exercise each week which means your heart rate above 70% of your max. 20 minutes a day does not quite cut it. Going for a nice walk is not really the point. if you want to live as long and healthy as possible and protect your brain, sweat every day like you mean it. I love weight lifting and I do it for the challenge as well as the strength I get from it. However, I never miss 150 minutes of hard cardio work every week. Cardio for your health. Everything else for whatever reason you want to do it for.

    Al WellsAl WellsVor Monat
    • Yeah but people need to build up to that. The big issue is when you push someone too hard out of the gate. They'll quit.

      ams914ams914Vor Monat
  • Simple and useful advice but SO powerful!

    Jerry DionJerry DionVor Monat
  • Thank you🤗

    Vivi EnneVivi EnneVor Monat
  • This was brilliant!!

    Two Minute MovesTwo Minute MovesVor Monat
  • I always ask myself - why can I make time to be sick, to go to physical therapy, to go to doctor's appointments - but I can't make time to stay healthy?

    Amy EvansAmy EvansVor Monat
  • thank you SO much!

    Lorna  BankLorna BankVor Monat
  • Very good speech

    Никитосик Не-знаюНикитосик Не-знаюVor Monat
  • "how long will it take to lose a stone" American: A kidney stone?

    benz806benz806Vor Monat
  • Wow, great reminder - NO ONE (who truly cares about you), cares about how you look, abs, thighs, biceps - rather they care that you are healthy, confident, and present with them! Here are the four points to get the miracle benefits of exercise without the toxic side effects: 1. we have to stop being so hard on ourselves 1. Social comparison leads to some really toxic self-talk 2. Gratitude for what you have, not for what you lack 3. Gratitude journal 2. find something you enjoy and do more of it 3. measure performance and not your weight 4. most importantly, make this time non-negotiable 1. Take 20-30 minutes daily as YOU time

    Tom TheocharidesTom TheocharidesVor Monat
  • Great wisdom, great presentation, and much more than that how great human being you are. Thanks for the talk Chris.

    Shariq KadriShariq KadriVor Monat
  • I loved this very down-to-earth talk from a Fitness professional touching many current touch points. Everyone should hear this :)

    Angels GomezAngels GomezVor Monat
  • Excellent speech. Thanks

    Niña NaculanggaNiña NaculanggaVor Monat
  • This truly was an eye opener for me!! Thank you for a superb talk and useful tips!

    Chantal ViljoenChantal ViljoenVor Monat
  • Longer health should be the most important thing in performing exercises...but if you just stick to things that make you happy in the present you might end up with a broken body in the most of weight lifters, soccer players , crossfitters etc. Experience....therefore everyone should thrive for a balanced exercise...unfortunately the spirit of competition is inborn(?) to us brought us this far and everybody will agree that besting someone else / winning is a strong good feeling and to accomplish this we often sacrifice our bodies ...professional sport Idols lead the next generation to this wrong(?) path....but thriving for this longlasting health might make you miss a lot of fun in your youth...and that is the sad truth...imho

    dickertimdickertimVor Monat
  • This is FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing your message, so well said! I am all fired up to make some changes! Thank you so much!!!

    Alexandra GoldingAlexandra GoldingVor Monat
  • totally agreed!! be kind to ourselves and enjoy life more!!!

    Gh YoGh YoVor 2 Monate
  • What a fantastic talk. Even brought a heart warming tear to my eyes. Thank you for the wise words ☺️

    Ashleigh BarnsAshleigh BarnsVor 2 Monate
  • Where have I heard this before

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    Dionne DornerDionne DornerVor 2 Monate
  • There are plenty of yoga or calisthenic exercises one can do without any gym subscription. And the most important: nobody cares about your abs and thighs!!! 😃👍

    Bibi BrinBibi BrinVor 2 Monate
    • Well u can do gym workouts at home too, not just callisthenics

      Jonny BinghamJonny BinghamVor Monat
  • 14:28

    ALI XDALI XDVor 2 Monate
  • Well, I look like his before photo everyday. Just saying. Not bragging.

    Chris FrancyChris FrancyVor 2 Monate
  • Excellent !! 👍🏻

    Jeevitha 23Jeevitha 23Vor 2 Monate
  • This is just the video I needed to watch today. So honest and motivating and life is so short so spend the time you have doing things that make you happy 😃 thank you Chris!

    Clare BearClare BearVor 2 Monate
  • I cried as I watched the talk. This is sooo inspiring!

    Mary Lei AlcantaraMary Lei AlcantaraVor 2 Monate
  • Great talk Chris, well done buddy 👍

    Luke CappucciniLuke CappucciniVor 2 Monate
  • One of the best TED Talks I’ve ever watched 🔥

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  • Fantastic speech, really resonated when you talked about exercise for the way you feel, not the way you look

    Simon HancockSimon HancockVor 2 Monate
  • He is right,I experienced many times when I tense then did exercise,I forgot my tension

    Aaqib MinhasAaqib MinhasVor 2 Monate

  • Absolutely superb talk. If only more individuals/industries promoted this message instead of the counterproductive agendas that they do. Loved it mate. 👍🏻

    Stuart WStuart WVor 2 Monate
    • @kevin wilson For weight loss not happiness. A body without carbs makes for happiness

      Robin LuichRobin LuichVor Monat
    • @kevin wilson Diet is incredibly important, and it's a miracle medicine of its own, but it is completely separate. If you don't move your body, you can eat as healthy as you want, you'll be missing out on incredible health & happiness benefits.

      Dave WarfelDave WarfelVor Monat
    • Sorry to burst your bubble but DIET IS THE BEST EXERCISE.

      kevin wilsonkevin wilsonVor Monat
    • thanks mate. Appreciated!

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Its true, I jogged and pushed myself so hard once that when I was done I was throwing up but right after I felt amazing, like a brand new person out the box. I love that feeling!

    Justin BubzJustin BubzVor 2 Monate
    • hahaha, yes Justin!

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Something everyone nedded to hear. Awesome!!!

    Seemanta dasSeemanta dasVor 2 Monate
    • Thank you Seemanta 🙏🙏

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Thought-provoking, honest and a breath of fresh air for your industry. Well done!

    Social FireworksSocial FireworksVor 2 Monate
    • 🙏🙏🙏 yes Kizzie x

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • 5:49 - The photos are not of the same person. Take a look at the moles on the left shoulder they are not on the same place. The guy talking about faking photos faked his own photos. 🤣Can’t trust anything

    Mr5percenterMr5percenterVor 2 Monate
    • @Mr5percenter You seriously can’t see that they are the same bodies? It’s not even that bigger difference in shape… just condition. Bet you’re fun at parties

      TsmithTsmithVor 2 Monate
    • @Chris Wharton just following the trail of evidence… All you had to do was show your head in the after pic or explain where the moles moved. Be factual instead of sensitive. 👌

      Mr5percenterMr5percenterVor 2 Monate
    • Wow. Not sure this is worth a reply but I can assure you they are the exact same person. Even if you truly believed that they weren't, you would be proving the exact point of the talk 🤦🏻‍♂️ I do love that you think I went to the effort of finding an exact body double and superimposed moles onto him though 😂😂😂

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Love this talk, Chris!! You have a way of bringing balance and good sense to a topic that’s often been a difficult one for many people. You invite us in with your humour, modesty and plain and simple good advice! Loved it! Congratulations!!

    Stuti SinghStuti SinghVor 2 Monate
    • Thank you Stuti. Very kind and much appreciated x

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • To everyone who rolls their eyes when I say I'm off to exercise: I don't just do it to stay fit and healthy (although sure, that's a lil part) I do it cause it keeps me sane.

    Kora VillaKora VillaVor 2 Monate
    • Agreed

      John CronjeJohn CronjeVor Monat
    • ❤️

      Nubia AlvaradoNubia AlvaradoVor Monat
  • What a great speech!! Bravo!

    courtney parkcourtney parkVor 2 Monate
    • Thank you Courtney 🙏 really appreciate that

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Unbelievably well put with solid, simple action points. More people need to take heed of this message. Really enjoyed this TEDx!

    Ben RossBen RossVor 2 Monate
    • Yes Ben! Cheers

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Yea, that endorphin rush only happens when we stop exercising. Its not a natural act and we do a disservice when we pretend we don't need discipline to keep it up. At 66, I have engaged in some kind of physical activity for most of my life and I would be a lier if I said I enjoyed any of it more than fleetingly.

    Gary TongateGary TongateVor 2 Monate
  • Exercising is a life style, the best cheapest medication available

    meteoradavidmeteoradavidVor 2 Monate
    • the best cheapest medication

      SleepSmartSmashStress8SleepSmartSmashStress8Vor Monat
    • Couldn't agree more

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • incredible

    Mehmet DalkılıçMehmet DalkılıçVor 2 Monate
    • Thanks Mehmet 💪🙏

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Such a valuable message for all of us.

    Sophie King-HillSophie King-HillVor 2 Monate
    • Thanks Soph x

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Brilliantly put and so true! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Ade WhartonAde WhartonVor 2 Monate
    • Cheers Ade 💪🙏

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • I loved this video 😭

    Lucia’s DayLucia’s DayVor 2 Monate
    • Thank you Lucia, means a lot 🙏

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • So very true... and refreshing. X

    Sonia WhartonSonia WhartonVor 2 Monate
    • 🙏🙏🙏🙏x

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Absolutely Incredible

    Anja MicicAnja MicicVor 2 Monate
    • 🙏🙏🙏 thank you Anja!

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Great speech. A message which really makes sense followed with very sensible advice. Well done Chris.

    John IngrassiaJohn IngrassiaVor 2 Monate
    • Cheers John!

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Wonderful video, tackles pretty much all the ailments of our generation 🙌🏾

    Aditya ChatterjeeAditya ChatterjeeVor 2 Monate
    • Much appreciated Aditya 🙏

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Brilliant 👏🏼

    Lydia PilbrowLydia PilbrowVor 2 Monate
    • Thanks Lydia 🙏🙏

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Excellent speech, really refreshing take on exercise that everyone could take a lot from 👏🏽

    Oliver PortchOliver PortchVor 2 Monate
    • Thanks Ollie. Appreciated x

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Well delivered talk with some great knowledge bombs. I’m off to stretch in the dark!

    George CooperGeorge CooperVor 2 Monate
    • Thanks George!

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • Amazing talk! Really refreshing & much needed🙏

    Lizzie PittLizzie PittVor 2 Monate
    • 🙏🙏🙏🙏x

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • So true wow great talk im on the treadmill right now💪🏼

    Alex SaadehAlex SaadehVor 2 Monate
    • 👏👏👏 thanks Alex 🙏

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
  • I like this talk very much. But I would like to put a different angle on some things. 1. Tracking your calories to me is quite helpful, not only does it give me a sense of relief/control that things are moving in a positive direction, It is effective, backed up by science and gives me discipline in life. A lot of people think you are must be paranoid to count every single calorie but in just a week or two you get used to it and it becomes quite effortless. Also, counting calories does not mean you are starving yourself(I eat 2200 cal) or robbing yourself of tasty foods. I also could move some stuff around and add deserts without feeling bad about it. 2. Scales are incredibly helpful and do not belong in the bin. Be it a kitchen scale or weighing scale. Of course, you don't need to be fixated on the number and that's something you need to work on. I personally agree that you should measure your growth by performance but would also like to add you should create your own metric for what growth means to you. For me it is the weight and body measurement(inches), I was 89 kgs 6 months ago now I am 81.65 kg my waist changed from 43 to 40. yes, I saw the same weight or higher on some days or some days I was just bloated but that shouldn't stop you from continuing. 3. Absolutely love the advice of writing what you are grateful bout and also journaling. It helps me detach myself from the situation and the tunnel vision mentality. 4. Totally agree with "do what you love", don't do it for someone else do it for yourself and focus on your wellbeing. To end it on a positive note: Exercise, Boxing, Swimming, Dancing all of these are just means, just tools you could use to better yourself. Similarly, counting calories, intermittent fasting(not extreme), weight scale, measuring tapes and etc are also just tools you use and there is no need to demonise them. As long as you like what you are doing what you like and you keep on doing it you will see growth. Consistency is key. Enjoy your life. Take Care of Yourself for Yourself. 😊

    sridhar vaishnavasridhar vaishnavaVor 2 Monate
    • Thanks for your kind words Sridhar. Like I said in the talk, the bit about scales is just my opinion based on the effect I've seen them have on peoples lives over the years. For some people, this kind of tracking, measuring, counting calories/macros can work very well. Sadly for lots of people it does the exact opposite. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
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      Ben RossBen RossVor 2 Monate
  • Great reminder to why exercise is so good for us but not just for trying to look good!

    Ricky SpiersRicky SpiersVor 2 Monate
    • Thank you Ricky, appreciated!

      Chris WhartonChris WhartonVor 2 Monate
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