Dr Greg Wells The Power of Exercise & the Meaning of Life

Dr Greg Wells is a scientist and physiologist who has dedicated his career to making the science of human limits understandable and actionable. Dr Wells has spoken to audiences all over the world at events such as TEDx and has shared the stage at other events with Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak, and Deepak Chopra. For over 25 years, Dr Wells has worked with some of the highest-performing individuals on the planet, including Olympic and World champions, and with organisations including but not limited to General Electric, BMO, Deloitte, KPMG, BMW, and Audi. He is also committed to inspiring children and young adults through his close working relationship with school boards and independent schools. A veteran endurance athlete, Dr Wells has participated in the gruelling Nanisivik Marathon 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Ironman Canada, and the 11,000 km Tour D’Afrique, which is the longest cycling race in the world. He is also a travel and expedition adventurer who has journeyed through all imaginable terrain and conditions in over 50 countries around the world. Dr Wells is the author of three best-selling books – SuperbodiesThe Ripple Effect, and The Focus Effect – and hosted the award-winning Superbodies series, which aired on Olympic broadcasts worldwide in 2010 and 2012. Dr Wells has a PhD in Physiology, served as an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto, and is an exercise medicine researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He is the CEO and founder of Wells Performance Inc., a global consulting firm committed to achieving the moonshot of helping teams, schools, and businesses become places where people get healthy, perform optimally, and, ultimately, reach their potential.

Today, Dr Wells joins me to share his story. He tells where his interest in human physiology began and notes the power of focusing on the process instead of the outcome. He explains why he is optimistic about the future of the world, offers some concrete tactics we can use to change our lives and make them better, and discusses the power of exercise as medicine. He urges his audience to be world-class at whatever they choose to focus on, noting that it’s okay to go in 100% on the things you care about. He shares tips for positivity and resilience, and he distinguishes between hopefulness and hope-filled-ness.

“When we call [exercise] the magic pill, that’s exactly what it is. Imagine if there was a medicine that was invented that did [what exercise can do]. It would be generally hailed as the greatest achievement medically in human history. The reality is, we have access to that today by going for a 15 minute walk.”
– Dr Greg Wells

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair

  • Greg’s story
  • The power of focusing on the process
  • Why Greg is optimistic about the future
  • The power of exercise as medicine
  • The importance of avoiding judgment
  • Giving yourself permission to go all in
  • Hopeful vs hope-filled


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