On one particular trip to the Everglades I decided not to go where I thought the best image would be. Why did I do this? Because I was so out of shape the general idea of walking through waste high grass and ankle deep water was an exhausting one. You see most of my life I have struggled with my weight and general lack of exercise. I am certain I missed the shot I should have gotten. There were other days too where staying on the couch seemed like a much better option than getting to the glades because it was a struggle physically to traipse around in the wetlands. How many shots have I missed because I just didn't feel like going? What opportunities passed me by because of my health?
Sometime in October of 2015 I started hitting the gym on a 4 to 5 times a week basis. Since then I have been able to spend a great deal more time in the Everglades going places I never figured I would go. Getting off the couch didn't seem like such a burden any more. My energy levels have dramatically increased as well. But something else happens when you are healthy I hadn't considered. Creativity. Because I was no longer concerned about the heat, the bugs, how high the grass was, or how far out I had to walk I could think about the image I wanted to make. I could explore a subject and only think about the subject.
I have a long road ahead to be really healthy but the benefits are more than worth the efforts. So, to help improve your photography and overall quality of life... Be Healthy.