Photography for Mental AND Physical Health

If we assume mental health is physical health, then the more physical we can get, the better. Photography as a great solution.

How can photography help?

Some ideas:

1. Documenting your physical health

Rotator cuff strength and beyond.

2. Photography gives you a reason to leave your house

The more you go out and wander and do stuff, the better. For example when I go to the park to workout, I bring along my camera and have fun shooting photos along the way, or even during my workout via video, then I take screenshots of my video later as still photos.

3. Photography and physical fitness

To me, still photos and moving photos (video) are all photography.

A new frontier — nobody has yer cross pollinated fitness and photography in a meaningful way (yet). Let us consider — as a photographer, you need to be very physical. Strong legs (thunder thighs) are good.

The most important muscle for a photographer is his or her legs.

4. The buffer I am, the more socially confident I am.

My theory:

Working out increases your testosterone, which augments your courage and self esteem.

Testosterone is good

This interesting study via Nature on testosterone. From the study abstract:

Endogenous testosterone promotes behaviours intended to enhance social dominance. However, recent research suggests that testosterone enhances strategic social behaviour rather than dominance seeking behaviour.

The result:

The results showed that, among the most senior participants, higher testosterone was associated
with lower acquiescence. Conversely, higher testosterone among the lower-status participants was associated with higher acquiescence. Our results suggest that testosterone may enhance socially dominant behaviour among high-status persons, but strategic submission to seniority among lower- status persons.

This means as a photographer on the streets, you are not going to acquiesce (not allow yourself to get bullied) if you have higher testosterone in street photography.