by Tony Gjokaj April 21, 2020 5 min read
Change your environment, change your habits. Believe it or not, your environment can make or break you when it comes to building better habits for yourself.
As discussed in much of our content, shaping or changing your environment could help you successfully develop the habits you want out of life.
Hacking your environment in a way that influences your habits will allow you to eat better and live healthier - and you don't even need to overthink it.
You are the average of the five people you spend your time with, so spend your time with me on this article today.
Our environments can influence us significantly, despite what we say or do. Simply put: you're going to find it pretty difficult to work out in your bedroom compared to a gym. In addition: according to the book Mindless Eating, a bigger plate influences you to eat bigger.
Despite us knowing these things, we give in often to our surroundings.
We will break down some practical environmental hacks for the most common places we reside: For nutrition, our home, and the workplace. For exercise, our gym, or an outside park or field.
Every time I had junk food in my home while I dieted for fat loss... I eventually ALWAYS gave in.
Home is what will make or break you when it comes to trying to go through a weight loss program or lifestyle change. Because it is our sanctuary, it is where everyone typically succumbs to their lack of willpower.
It was a rough day at work. We are exhausted. Our environment at home typically makes us unwind: we get comfortable and lazy.
Here are a few "environmental hacks" that will work in your home:
Recall that when your willpower is gone, you are typically using more of your instinctive System 1 brain. This part of our brain is extremely lazy, and if your distractions are hard to reach or see... you will be too lazy to get them.
Evidence on the environment in regards to food supports this, and I can tell you that changing your environment in such small ways can make a big impact.
Since we spend most of our time in the workplace on weekdays, this environment can be a big impact on developing our desired lifestyle.
Here are a few environmental workplace hacks you can utilize:
I've worked at a job where it was "natural" to gain 15 pounds after working for the company for 3 months: there was food everywhere.
Resist your temptation by not having these foods in eyesight, and keep yourself accountable with other habit-building strategies we have highlighted in the article below.
When you head into your gym or your park after consecutive sessions from habit, your mind will most likely associate this environment as where we put in work.
Now how can we end up getting to the habit to jump-start our exercise? Here are a few "environmental hacks" that I typically recommend:
Exercise is sometimes one of the harder things to get into the habit of because there are so many things going on in our lives.
Your goal is to make exercise a habit by making going to the gym an easy task.
You don't know how guilty I used to feel if I had gym clothes in the car and I didn't go. The visual reminder kills us internally!
Now that we have these introduced hacks into these three environments, we wanted to conclude this article with a summary for each section.
To really hone in on these environment hacks, we also added a few other habit-building tips to truly take these home.
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If you have any questions or want to add more insight on habit building and environmental hacks that have personally worked for you, feel free to add them below or the email me at email@example.com.
Now go out there and crush your goals!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged Performance Nutrition. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help bridge the gap between physical & mental health through fitness.
by Tony Gjokaj July 26, 2021 3 min read
What are the benefits of getting direct sun exposure?
Our human skin "runs" (for lack of better word) on a serotogenic system. This means that it is capable of producing serotonin. Sunlight exposure helps produce serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates our mood, digestion, bone density, and sleep. It is synthesized from tryptophan as a result of Vitamin D, which is synthesized from sun exposure.
So in this post, we are going to explore what this means to us and why sunlight exposure benefits us.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj July 19, 2021 3 min read
In our quest to find what is leading to the decline in testosterone in men, we look towards the lifestyle choices encountered in our society today.
While we are all about optimal performance, some of us will sacrifice sleep, proper eating habits, and exercise for career performance.
One of the most neglected factors in this pursuit is sleep... and sleep is one factor that can have a large impact on testosterone.
So in this post, we are going to go over how sleep impacts your testosterone levels.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj July 14, 2021 4 min read
When it comes to testosterone production, many men scour the internet in hopes of finding various ways to improve testosterone naturally.
The big secret about all of this is that it is well within our grasp for most of us.
Nutrition, for example, can play a huge part in testosterone production and is essential to optimize.
So in this post, we are going to talk about nutrition and how we can use it to optimize our testosterone levels.
Let's dive in!
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