Mental Health Fact #4: Only 44% of adults with diagnosable mental health problems and less than 20% of children and adolescents receive needed treatment.
I notice I make some pretty funny faces when I look at the freeze frames from my videos. I could be a perfectionist and not use them for my exercise reviews following my Fitness Tip videos, but you know what? I hate holding myself to rules that I know aren’t REAL-ISTIC.
I like to show life the way it is, imperfect, messy, often crazy, and downright challenging.
I don’t know about you, but I LIKE it when people don’t pretend. I’m highly suspicious of things that look too perfect and I want to know what’s what ALL the TIME.
Imagine, if we could all be a lot less hard on ourselves, and not let these unspoken standards hold us hostage, how much more tolerant and accepting we could also be of OTHER PEOPLE’s imperfections.
It’s crazy when you think about it. Spending SO MUCH time and energy trying not to let people know who we truly are.
I’m over it!
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 #4 of 30 Days to Lift Away the Stigma, The Hinge Pattern. I’m sharing a couple exercises that use this movement pattern and really work the glutes, hamstrings, and core when done properly.
Today’s video is about 8 minutes in length.
Fitness Tip #4, The Hinge Pattern
Here are some visual reminders. Click on the photos to enlarge.
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.”