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5 Things Peloton Teaches Us About Mental Health

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With over 51 million people in the U.S. experiencing mental health symptoms, it is important for counselors to share ways to help people experience relief year round.

In addition to counseling, many people use exercise as a form of self-care and symptom management. Unfortunately, the pandemic interrupted fitness routines, forcing people to exercise at home or outdoors. While some individuals and businesses scrambled to figure out new routines, Peloton, the latest worldwide fitness craze, stepped up and taught people ways to experience fitness and wellness during a very turbulent time.

The popularity of Peloton has grown exponentially over the last few years and the company experienced significant growth during the pandemic. No company is without controversy, yet Peloton worked to create appeal to an international audience and to people from a wide range of fitness levels, social perspectives, and learning styles. As a former group fitness instructor and currently licensed counselor specializing in sport & exercise, I was impressed with Peloton’s reach and techniques to help people feel better physically and psychologically. With this in mind, I wanted to share five things that Peloton can teach us about mental health.

Peloton teaches us that we can plan out our exercise so that we can focus on success. Their programs help people take the guesswork out of fitness planning.

Similarly, counselors work with people to create individualized plans to help them reach their goals. Having a goal helps people focus on their emotional development without the need to figure out a plan on their own.