by Tony Gjokaj May 17, 2021 3 min read

I've always considered Fitness to be of three aspects: physical, mental… and spiritual. I don’t consider spirituality to only be in a religious sense: it can be philosophical as well.

To us, spirit means attitude or outlook on how we look at the world. We have the capability to transform our spirit so that we set out to change the world around us for the better.

In this post, I wanted to talk about what I’d like to call Fit Philosophy, starting with the spiritual aspect of fitness.

Let’s dive in!

How Fitness Improves The Spirit

Awareness

Fitness helps improve awareness: it helps you become more aware of the present moment. While this can result from exercise reducing levels of anxiety and stress, it can also come from embracing your workouts.

After years of worrying about how good I will look as a result of working out at the gym, I started actually enjoying the exercise. The gym was the place I’d go to work on improving myself, my area of socialization (or sometimes deep silence), my zen zone.

In embracing the present moment of exercise, I felt my progress improved dramatically when I did the following:

  • Stopped worrying so much about the results.
  • Started focusing on the process.

Everything I learned from fitness and the weights (patience, persistence, grit), was then carried over to every other aspect of my life.

Peace (Serenity)

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum.”

If you want peace, prepare for war.

As the late Greg Plitt once said: one hour of pain equals a lifetime of pride.

With fitness, we fight in the present moment to achieve “peace” in return. After our workouts, the serenity we acquire is not only the stress and anxiety relief, but the serenity of knowing that we have conquered a battle of mind, body, and spirit.

A phoenix must always burn before it arises anew. Fitness is our analogy to life itself in this sense… and this is why we look at it philosophically.

Purpose

One of my favorite Rules in Jordan Peterson’s new book, Beyond Order, is “Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that.”

Fitness brings about a sense of purpose: it gives you something to work towards if you lack that sense of purpose.

In my early teens, I faced severe bouts of depression, coupled with a lot of anxiety and insomnia. Being overweight for my age made it even more difficult, as I sought comfort with food.

I lived very nihilistically and it was all I knew. Then I decided I wanted to change: I couldn’t live like this… and where I saw nihilism, I KNEW there had to be the opposite somewhere. When I came across fitness, I witnessed what could happen as a result of working towards this goal single-mindedly.

It transformed me for the better.

One of the biggest realizations of my depression was that I wanted something more out of my life… and fitness brought me that. 

The Philosophical Aspect of Fitness

In following Reforged, you will notice that we focus on combining science and philosophy: something I feel has been “divorced” for quite some time.

Science for its collective ventures, and philosophy for its independent thought.

While we tend to put science on a pedestal, we should put philosophy on the same.

We need a philosophy to drive our actions, to have purpose… to work towards something greater than ourselves… so what better way of creating one with fitness as a foundation of it?

For example, from a philosophical standpoint, it is understood that we sacrifice in the present to get something in the future. This is why we exercise: we want to get bigger, stronger, or look better.

Some of us may go further and introduce the same to others around them.

If you look at our brand’s logo, you will notice a phoenix in it. The mythological phoenix goes about a process of burning before it arises… reborn. This is the exact process we go through in bettering ourselves in life.

We can achieve this process by leveraging fitness to better ourselves — mind, body, and spirit.

Consider this the next time you work out.

Consider Fitness Philosophy.

I wanted to thank you all for reading this one! If you have questions, comments, insights, or would like to hear more with philosophy, let us know! Email us at support@reforgedperformance.com or message us on Instagram.

Until next time!

Tony Gjokaj
Tony Gjokaj

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.



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