Towards the end of last summer, we published a piece by Will Self arguing that of all the groups whose lives had been destabilised by the pandemic, young adults represented the hardest hit – their education disrupted, qualifications invalidated, prospects dashed and rites of passage denied.
It was a prescient critique, and one that continues to be borne out by emerging evidence. Research published in February by the non-profit organisation ImpactEd showed that GCSE pupils were the least engaged in schoolwork and had the lowest well-being scores. Government research into how the pandemic has affected students in higher education found that 53% of students were dissatisfied, with many reporting lower levels of purpose and happiness. Meanwhile, a recent survey found that university students have wasted nearly £1bn on empty rooms because of coronavirus restrictions.
Raising awareness of a situation is important but its effect is limited. So, rather than just talking about the problems facing Generation C, we decided to talk directly to them. More than that, we recruited young adults to talk directly to you. Men and women between the ages of 17 and 23 have been involved in the production of this magazine throughout, from writers and interviewers to personal trainers and scientific researchers.
Alongside their contributions, we also have an exclusive interview with the recently abdicated king of CrossFit, Mat Fraser, plus all the fitness, food and general wellness inspiration you need to perform at your best, every day. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find inside:
MH Sits Down with Mat Fraser
In the early days of his surprise retirement, Mat Fraser was suddenly a very busy man. He wouldn’t have had it any other way. In this interview, the most successful CrossFit athlete in the sport’s history spoke to Men’s Health between a day of wall-to-wall calls about his new venture. The king is not dead. All hail the king.
Snowflakes, entitled, work-shy – students have long been given a rough ride. But with mounting debt, deficient resources and bleak prospects, the ripple effects of COVID-19 pose a threat not just to their future, but to their long-term well-being. We recruited four students from the University of Exeter to be our reporters. Here are their dispatches from the frontline of young adulthood.
Build Any Body in 20 Minutes a Day
Despite what your iCal might suggest, time is not your enemy. The real problem is a lack of strategy. Whatever your fitness goal, you can make quick progress without depleting your downtime. We’ve assembled a squad of leading fitness minds to compile these ultra-efficient, 20-minute plans, fit for any target. Make every second count.
Pressure Cooking: The Anti-Stress Diet
Comfort eating needn’t mean self-sabotage; not if you’re searching for solace in all the right places. Each of our six recipes – created by top chefs – uses sound nutritional principals to ease anxiety and restore equilibrium, so you can eat away at stress before it does the same to you.
Social Media’s Bright Side
The perils of social media have been well documented, from the erosion of our self-esteem to the manipulation of our minds. But what about its potential as a force for good? Use it wisely, writes Alex Mistlin, and your social network can be a place for meaningful connection, at a time when young men need it most. You just need to know where to scroll…
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