When we quantify our work, we can track our progress both over time and in real-time. In the weight room, we know we're improving when we can lift more weight. Runners know they're progressing when they can run farther, faster. In cycling, we use power as a gold standard, even over mileage and heart rate. While heart rate training is highly beneficial, it can be influenced by many variables such as the body's physiological responses to inadequate sleep, temperature, water intake, caffeine, and overtraining. Power on the other hand, is a mechanical response -- the only way to increase it is to do the work!
Spring is a great time of year to talk about #mentalhealth. Actually, any time of the year is ideal for talking about mental health, but we just wrapped up National Stress Awareness month in April and now Mental Health Month is going on through May. With 1 in 5 adults in America (more than the population of NY and FL combined) dealing with anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions -- it’s time we talk (and keep talking) about it.