Mental Health Fact #3: In 2014, One in 25 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
– Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24.
Something fun happened today while I was making my FREE Fitness Tip Video, #3. I was demonstrating one of the squat variations in today’s video, and I accidentally did something I had just advised you guys not to do! It was a perfectly serendipitous moment that demonstrated no matter how experienced we are, stuff happens that we weren’t intending to happen.
Kind of like life, right? So, although the video cut off at the end and I should have done a re-shoot, I left it, because I want you to see me, an experienced trainer making a lifting blunder. Bottom line, it’s ALL good. Whether we make a mistake in the gym or in life, it’s okay, and we should just move on.
And speaking of things that are OKAY, living with a mental illness is okay too, and something that many people deal with throughout their lifetime or for a part of their lifetime. Mental illness is something we need to start talking about out in the open. We need to take away the stigma of an issue that SO many people deal with in our country, from all walks of life.
By lifting the veil, and showing that this is normal for many people, just like my showing an honest mistake that anyone can make, we let others know it’s okay to have struggles and to not be perfect. We help people to feel accepted, and cared for, and NORMAL. That, in and of itself can help relieve some discomfort and angst.
And that’s why we’re here! To Lift Away the Stigma of Mental Illness by raising awareness and money for the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANY’s) and their mission to take away the stigma of mental illness.
This FREE 30 Day Fitness Tip Video Series is our countdown to real [FIT] life’s first EVER charity event. We’re partnering with MHANY’s to raise money to help Lift Away the Stigma of Mental Illness, and I want this to make a real impact.
I’m sharing these 30 Days of Free Fitness Tips in hopes that you’ll donate SOMETHING in return. Let’s make a REAL difference and let people with mental illness know that we’ve got their backs and we support them.
Go here to REGISTER for our Lift Away the Stigma, Circuit Training Marathon event, which we’re holding on Giving Tuesday, November 28th, from 4 – 8pm at our real [FIT] life gym in Albany, NY. You can get all of the details, and register by going here.
Here’s Tip #3 of 30 Days to Lift Away the Stigma, Box squats. I’m sharing a couple variations and I explain why this is an excellent exercise for people at any fitness level. You also get to see me blunder!
Today’s video is about 8 minutes in length.
Fitness Tip #3, Box squats
Here are some visual reminders:
This event is suitable for all fitness levels. At real [FIT] life we want everyone to feel capable and like they belong, and I promise, this event will have something doable for everyone. I’ll be sharing more details about the actual workout we’ll be doing at Lift Away the Stigma over these next 30 days. Many of the exercises I’m showing you in this 30 day video series will be IN the Circuit Training Marathon so if you follow along, you’ll know how to do them!
If you’d like to participate in our Circuit Training Marathon, and help”Lift Away the Stigma” go HERE to register online or download your registration form and mail it in! And if you can’t attend, we’d still love your support. No matter where you live, this is an important matter that affects all of us.
Founder, real [FIT] life
“Helping people live happier, healthier, longer, stronger lives,
one lift at a time.”