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How a positive mind really can create a healthier body
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“OUR minds aren’t passive observers simply observing reality as it is; our minds actually change reality. The reality we experience tomorrow is partly the product of the mindsets we hold today.” That’s what Alia Crum told global movers and shakers at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It may sound like New Age nonsense, but Crum, who heads the Mind & Body lab at Stanford University in California, can back up her claims with hard evidence showing the mysterious influence the mind has over our health and well-being.
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(15-04-2019, 18:06 )steerforthresistant Ha scritto: “OUR minds aren’t passive observers simply observing reality as it is; our minds actually change reality. The reality we experience tomorrow is partly the product of the mindsets we hold today.” That’s what Alia Crum told global movers and shakers at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It may sound like New Age nonsense, but Crum, who heads the Mind & Body lab at Stanford University in California, can back up her claims with hard evidence showing the mysterious influence the mind has over our health and well-being.



Crum’s pioneering research was inspired by her own experiences as a child gymnast and college ice hockey player. “You can be the same physical being from one day to the next,” she says, “but your mindset can have a dramatic effect on performance and physiological capabilities.” She often wondered why. Then, as a psychology student, she read about the placebo effect and had a eureka moment: if our expectations can influence the effectiveness of a drug, perhaps something similar can happen in other situations, too.
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Pursuing that idea, Crum and others have discovered that your mindset affects everything from your weight and fitness to the physical toll of insomnia and stress – even how well you age. The upshot is that two people could have identical genes and lifestyles but one can end up healthier than the other, thanks solely to their different thoughts.
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There is understandably great excitement about the promises of these technologies, from patient-led revolutions in healthcare to citizen science. However, the use cases for personal informatics often seem narrow—a whiff of solutionism, grounded in assumptions about model citizens looking to achieve rational insights about their bodies, homes, and lives to be: fitter, happier, and more productive. As the unease that Radiohead evokes may attest, this is not for everyone.
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(15-04-2019, 18:07 )steerforthresistant Ha scritto: There is understandably great excitement about the promises of these technologies, from patient-led revolutions in healthcare to citizen science. However, the use cases for personal informatics often seem narrow—a whiff of solutionism, grounded in assumptions about model citizens looking to achieve rational insights about their bodies, homes, and lives to be: fitter, happier, and more productive. As the unease that Radiohead evokes may attest, this is not for everyone.



To date this critique has been advanced most strongly in sociological circles, but it has recently gained traction in the HCI community through the notion of “lived informatics” [2]. This considers different styles of use and emphasizes the need to understand how personal informatics are experienced as they become “enmeshed with everyday life” [2].
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Beyond refining behavior-change technologies, this lived perspective should help us recognize that—whatever else they are ostensibly for—personal informatics tools can and will afford all sorts of other experiences around them. In so doing, we might design holistically for a much broader audience and range of values to question what being fitter, or more productive, actually means to people. In this article, we reflect on our own research and engagements with the HCI community to raise three challenges in designing for experiences with data: moving beyond an individual, trajectories and temporalities, and alternative representations of data.
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Everything starts for a reason, and fitness is not any exception to the rule. Unless you have got a solid basis to begin, you won’t be ready to keep committed and follow through together with your resolutions. the nice news is that almost all of the motivation is mental. this implies you'll be able to really place an idea of action in situ which will take away all the obstacles standing between you and your fitness goals.

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