Will Smith is getting back into the gym to get his fitness on.

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A recent article by Harvard Medical School titled Pandemic Weight Gain: Not Your Imagination cited “a small study, described in a research letter published online March 22, 2021, by JAMA Network Open.” The study “analyzed more than 7,400 self-reported weight measurements from about 270 middle-aged men and women across the country from February to June 2020. During that time, participants’ weight steadily increased by about 1.5 pounds per month. If that monthly weight gain has continued from February 2020 until June 2021, that would be a 25-pound weight gain.”

And it wasn’t just our weight that took a hit. It was also our mental state.

According to a recent article by Alison Abbott, COVID’s Mental Health Toll: How Scientists are Tracking a Surge in Depression, the pandemic also significantly impacted our mental health.

“The devastation of the pandemic — millions of deaths, economic strife and unprecedented curbs on social interaction — has already had a marked effect on people’s mental health. Researchers worldwide are investigating the causes and impacts of this stress, and some fear that the deterioration in mental health could linger long after the pandemic has subsided.”

“More than 42% of people surveyed by the US Census Bureau in December reported symptoms of anxiety or depression in December, an increase from 11% the previous year. Data from other surveys suggest that the picture is similar worldwide.”

If stress is getting to you, it could be physical stress, often referred to as “exercise” that can help lift your mental spirits.

And according to the Mayo Clinic, “virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief — and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.”

This is where Will Smith comes in.

Will Smith recently shared his dad bod look. He’s also been talking about how he’s going to get back in the gym.

But it’s his latest post about getting back into the gym that reminds us not to beat ourselves up.

In a light-hearted post, Will shares a trip back into the gym. In the post, he tries out various pieces of equipment in ways we probably haven’t thought of before.

So stop beating yourself up. Meet with your physician, and come up with a plan that works for you.

And you may just start feeling the burn in places you didn’t even know were places.

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