No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar, Ph.D.
“When we allow all sorts of physical activities and amounts of movement into the mix, it removes the barriers to choosing to move. If everything counts, there is no need to wonder whether this move is worth making or whether it is the proper amount of time to ‘count.’ In an ‘everything counts’ mindset, moving can become much more automatic because once the opportunity, or cue, to move presents itself, we don’t have to engage the cognitive, slow, and effortful system of our brain. Instead, we can just glide into action–because it’s there” (page 84).
“Simply put, the best parents are always growing. A commitment to ongoing personal growth and inner transformation is vital to good parenting. Parents who continue to work on themselves rarely fall victim to outdated parenting models or repeat the mistakes of previous generations. They seldom suffer self-neglect or burnout; they recognize that their personal growth is intrinsically linked to their child’s growth; they create a culture of self-improvement in their family that inspires their children to keep striving” (page 206).
“Learning and movement are innately connected in the human brain. … Just as the brain scans its surroundings for changes that indicate potential threats, our brain is preprogrammed to learn directly through the movement of our own body and through observation of other humans in motion. That’s why learning new concepts and taking in new information through the use of our bodies is one of the most effective learning technologies available to trainers. It’s all about implicit learning (learning by doing, feeling, or seeing, often on a subconscious level)–the brain’s preferred way to learn” (page 15).
Want to sample other AMACOM books? Check out our Random Quotes from New Books series.