We all know by now that exercise is good for us physically. But there's another component to it that is just as important, especially when it comes to everyday life and basic problem solving. In any type of uncertain time or situation, there is one thing that's for sure. Perception is everything.
We're going to start by agreeing that mental health is every bit as important as physical health. According to betterhelp.com the World Health Organization (WHO) states that the United States is among one of the most depressed countries in the world. This is pre-pandemic by the way. Combine this with the current COVID-19 situation as well as an increasingly dangerous opioid epidemic and you have the perfect recipe for depression and anxiety.
So what does all this have to do with exercise? While pushups can't exactly treat COVID or an overdose, the by products of released endorphins, a sense of accomplishment, and increased confidence can do wonders to give you an "I've got this" perspective. Whether you're 16 or 65, or somewhere in between, all people can only benefit from being in a better mood. Period.
Please get some exercise. Gyms are closed? Take a walk. Don't "feel like it"? Do it anyway, and afterwards you will feel like a million bucks. Don't have time? Wake up earlier or go to bed later. Understand that it isn't so much about the physical, it's actually much more about the mental.