Some fitness and health shorts may actually motivate you to take action. I can’t help but follow along when Jillian Michaels teaches Ellen new moves; Mandy Ingber’s 4-minute yoga routine makes my triceps burn; and watching the step-by-step instructions for making a (healthy!) bacon, egg, and, cheese stuffed donut is enough to make my stomach growl, even if I don’t actually make a dozen myself.
But there’s another type of inspiring exercise and wellness video out there that’s perhaps even more touching and life-altering: The kind that shares new perspectives, success stories, and hope. Here are some of our favorites, which cover everything from longevity to popping and locking.
Nilofer Merchant talks about how walking meetings can burn calories—and change your perspective:
Karen X. Cheng learns to dance in a year—and recorded her progress:
AJ Jacobs talks about how adopting dozens of healthy behaviors in a year was a lot harder than it sounds:
Dan Buettner takes on the secrets to longevity:
Christopher McDougal, the Author of “Born to Run” discusses—you guessed it—running:
Dr. David Katz explains how to rehabilitate your tastebuds to crave healthy wholesome foods:
A wounded former Paratrouper transforms his health with yoga: