Understanding the Science of Willpower In Managing Your Weight, Exercise, and Other Health Challenges

July 31, 2019|12:00pm

Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue that some people seem to have and others don’t. Understanding willpower will enable you to develop the ability to do what you want for yourself. Self-control is like a muscle and can be strengthened. You can learn the right habits, techniques, and strategies, based on the science of self-change, that will work for you. With strengthened self-control, you can reach your weight goals and make other lifelong changes.

Habits make up 40% of our daily routine and have an enormous impact on our wellbeing. You can train your brain to regulate impulses and avoid self-sabotage. You can learn to distract yourself from temptations. Once you get into the willpower groove, your brain will focus on what you want for yourself, and you will find that you are struggling less.

In this course, you will gain useful tools to reshape habits, avoid temptation, deal with procrastination, and build willpower endurance. The good news is that once your willpower becomes stronger in one area, it touches every area in your life.

Instructor: Joyce Hanna, MA, MS, is the associate director of the Stanford Health Improvement Program and the director of the Living Strong Living Well program for cancer survivors. She is also an exercise physiologist, nutritionist, and behavioral health consultant.

Class details are subject to change.