Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which aims to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. The numbers are sobering and were exacerbated by the isolation, uncertainty, and upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to statistics compiled by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five U.S. adults has experienced a mental illness. That number jumps to one in three in young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. Treatment for mental health disorders often includes medication and talk therapy, but years of research show exercise can be one of the most effective ways of managing these types of illnesses.
Ah, spring! It has a way of reviving our goals and motivation, doesn’t it? For a lot of us, the season of new beginnings starts at home with cleaning, organizing, and getting rid of the clutter of the last year. But why stop there? Spring is the perfect time to assess your habits at the gym, too. You can improve both your experience and fitness results by spring cleaning these five bad habits out of your workout routine.
In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, which celebrate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements and contributions of women throughout history and contemporary society, we’re getting workout inspiration from 10 of the world’s most powerful female athletes. These trailblazers (and we know there are many) have expanded the notion of what’s possible while breaking barriers and setting the bar for both men and women in sport.
Let’s face it - New Year’s resolutions don’t have a great track record of success. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably had the experience of setting lofty goals on January 1st, only to fall right back into the same old habits by February (or sooner).