by Tony Gjokaj April 25, 2023 3 min read
Exercise can feel like a chore, and even if you know it’s good for your health, the motivation to get moving sometimes just isn’t there.
But it doesn’t have to be a burden - by making exercise meaningful to you, it can become something fun and rewarding!
Here are five ways to make exercise more meaningful!
Making exercise meaningful is important as it helps to increase motivation and reduce stress associated with completing fitness goals.
When we focus on feeling energized, putting in a good effort, and celebrating small wins rather than stressing over the end result, we are able to build habits that stick with us even when the going gets tough.
Additionally, making exercise more meaningful can lead to improved mental health, increased serotonin levels and better overall well-being.
When exercise is meaningful and enjoyable, it's easier to keep up with our routine and helps us unlock our full potential both physically and mentally.
The best hack I can give you on making exercise meaningful is to focus on the feeling during or after your workout sessions.
Putting in a good effort rather than worrying about the outcome of your workout.
Keeping your eye on the prize and focusing on how you feel during exercise rather than the end result helps alleviate stress and anxiety associated with reaching long-term goals.
And as mentioned prior, research also shows that by exercising consistently, increases in serotonin (the "happy hormone") are produced, leading to improved mood and overall well-being.
For our Mood Lifters who use exercise to battle depression, this is the most important tip I can give you!
Setting goals is a great way to give yourself purpose when working out.
Break down big goals (like running a marathon) into small achievable chunks, and set rewards for yourself as you go along.
This way exercise can become something to look forward to instead of dreading.
Try a new activity that you have some sort of interest in.
It could be anything from rock climbing to martial arts – something that’ll get your heart pumping and allow you to have fun at the same time!
Who says exercise has to be boring?
Here's how I look at the gym:
Embracing the gym as a battleground where I confront my inner struggles has infused my exercise routine with a profound sense of purpose.
Beyond merely improving my body, I've found that the weights and machines serve as my allies in an ongoing skirmish against my depression demons.
As I push myself to conquer physical challenges, I simultaneously wage a war on the negative thoughts that attempt to hold me captive.
The gym transforms into a sanctuary, where sweat and effort become symbols of my determination to overcome obstacles, both internal and external.
In this arena of personal growth, every stride on the treadmill, every weight lifted, becomes a step towards reclaiming my mental well-being.
The echoes of my footsteps reverberate with newfound purpose, reminding me that I am not defined by my struggles, but by the courage with which I confront and conquer them.
Create something like this for yourself and have fun :)
One of the things that has helped make my exercise even more exciting is training in Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu.
Nothing is more motivating than having people push you further on exercises when it gets tough!
You’ll make friends, make huge progress, and even gain support which will encourage you to keep going.
And if you're lacking a group class or community with your workouts, you can join our Depression Slayers Discord here.
If you're looking for an extra kick in the ass to get into the gym, look no further than Pre-Forged Nootropic Pre-Workout.
Pre-Forged was created to help new and seasoned fitness goers get a boost of energy and focus to get into the gym, conquer their workout sessions, and leave with a lifted mood.
All you need to do is take one scoop 10-15 minutes before your workout and you're good to go.
Make sure that once you do, you get into the gym ASAP because that Beta-Alanine will definitely fire you up!
The next time you’re feeling uninspired by your workout routine, try one of these five tips and make exercise something fun and rewarding!
Your mental and physical health will thank you for it.
Now go out there and make those mind and body gains!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help millions exercise their way out of depression and anxiety.
by Tony Gjokaj November 16, 2023 2 min read
I have been reading quite a few articles surrounding depression and its connection to lifestyle habits.
In recent years, scientists have started to discover that depression is not just a "chemical imbalance".
It's much more complex than that, and a lot of evidence is pointing towards positive habits helping to alleviate or reduce the risk of depression.
by Tony Gjokaj November 14, 2023 3 min read
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide.
It is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep.
This can lead to decreased energy levels, mood disturbances, decreased performance at work or school, and can negatively impact overall health and quality of life.
If you're tossing and turning at night, you're not alone.
In this post, we are going to go over the 5 natural ways to ease insomnia.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj September 18, 2023 3 min read
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Despite its importance, many people do not get enough magnesium from their diets alone.
This is where supplements like magnesium glycinate can be helpful.
Magnesium glycinate is a highly bioavailable form of magnesium that is easily absorbed by the body and has several potential health benefits.
In this post, we'll explore the benefits of magnesium glycinate and why it may be a valuable addition to your overall health and wellness plan.
Let's dive in!