And I don't have to tell you that physical health and mental health influence one another and go hand-in-hand.
A sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain and poor posture, causing fatigue as well as aches, pains, and stiffness.
These pesky symptoms can make it hard to do your daily activities or even just get through your day.
It also decreases our body awareness, and lack of body awareness can lead to injuries while exercising.
This is something we need to keep in mind as we start to sign up for in-person workout classes again.
Stubborn weight gain can cause a decrease in confidence and self-esteem.
Some might even experience an "identity crisis", as they mourn the health and body they had before the pandemic.
And poor posture can affect the function and production of neurotransmitters.
When our neurotransmitters are impacted, we can experience feelings of sadness and depression, stress and anxiety, and/or overall mood swings.
When physical and mental health take a turn for the worse, it's not uncommon to have thoughts that sound something like "I barely even recognize myself anymore."