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?
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.
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 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.