by Tony Gjokaj November 06, 2021 3 min read
“The purpose of life, as far as I can tell… is to find a mode of being that's so meaningful that the fact that life is suffering is no longer relevant.” - Jordan B. Peterson
In the process of getting my certification as a Precision Nutrition Coach, we learned that health is not only a physical thing: it's multi-dimensional.
Health can go beyond the physical and into the mental, emotional, existential, relational, and more.
One of my favorites that I am currently prioritizing is the existential. What am I here for? What is my purpose?
To some of us might seem "woo-woo", but it's because we can't exactly quantify our consciousness.
Essentially, our consciousness can't be measured directly.
While the concept of the existential can be very abstract, psychological studies have gone into the importance of meaning for our overall mental health.
And more recently, psychological studies have been exploring exercise and it's importance in discovering or pursuing meaning.
We will be discussing this in this post.
Let's get after it!
You can watch our video on the topic above and read below.
Research in 2021 has found that there is a bidirectional relationship between a sense of purpose (meaning) and physical activity.
This means the following:
For those who are in their late teens and early 20's, you are starting to carve out an identity for yourself.
Exercise can help you discover that, as it did for me.
I resonate with the bidirectional relationship between exercise and meaning. The first one is currently where I am at today, but the second one is how I got started.
In my late teens, I was overweight, depressed, and unhappy. I had sleep insomnia, and most notably an existential void in my life.
This lack of meaning made me contemplate suicide regularly. I didn't know what I wanted to do, who to become, what the meaning of life was.
Puberty hits us hard - physically, mentally, and existentially.
When I started exercising, things started to change.
I noticed the mental improvements before the physical, so I kept going.
I started to work towards something.
My body started to change.
I started to feel good.
I started to care about my life, my education, my career path, and more.
I realized that I needed to pursue entrepreneurship because I could help many with it.
While my purpose changed constantly overtime, I am here today writing this to help those improve their mental AND existential health through exercise.
I truly believe that movement has meaning.
And today, research is starting to show it to be so.
In the pursuit of finding meaning in your life, some will state that your meaning in life can be found in your upbringing.
I can see that.
I can also see that it comes from the path of self-discovery.
A lot of people do this through creation.
And creation requires struggle.
But that struggle is rewarding, because it makes you better... and it can help define you.
I believe the easiest way to do this is through exercise.
You can do exercise anywhere - challenge yourself anywhere.
In fact, we can help you with this through our free 30 day LIFT Your Morning Mood Course.
Movement has meaning. Get yours.
Until next time, Reforged Warrior!
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 October 07, 2022 4 min read
Men, I know what it is like to be overweight and depressed.
Not having the energy to do anything but relax and sleep.
While relaxation and sleep are incredibly important, they can make us feel like we are not making progress in our lives.
And when depression hits, it’s very difficult to push through with exercise and weight loss.
But did you know that even though it takes time and some effort, you don’t need to get obsessively crazy over it?
In fact, with just a few small adjustments, you can lose weight, fight back against depression, and take your life back.
If you're serious about shedding pounds and pushing away those depression demons, here are five tips that can help get you started.
by Tony Gjokaj September 05, 2022 4 min read
A few weeks ago, my buddy Grant and I talked about nutrition.
We talked about how he's lost over 120 pounds so far with the weight loss progress he's been making.
This is all because he has been making healthier decisions over time.
One of the newest challenges he's facing right now is he's got a new job. He's working 10 to 12 hour days with physical demanding labor.
And what's been happening for him is that he's been super exhausted, he's not motivated to meal prep, he's having trouble trying to sit down and cook foods doesn't have the energy doesn't have the time.
So what I propose is five tips that you can use to live a more on the go fast food healthy eating lifestyle.
by Tony Gjokaj July 27, 2022 4 min read
Have you ever experienced anxiety that drains all of your productive energy?
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults in the US each year.
If you're someone who suffers from anxiety, you know that it can be incredibly debilitating. It can hold you back from some positive experiences and opportunities as a result.
The good news is that there are ways to overcome it!
In this blog post, we will discuss eight best tips for overcoming anxiety, from an expert that has been there themselves!
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