The Four Agreements is a book written by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s not your average self-help book. At first glance, the agreements appear to be quite simple. However, their applications are vast. They can be used in business and yes, also in fitness. The four agreements are statements to live by. When taking a closer look, they can transform your health. Ponder these four agreements over and find the one that resonates most with you. Identify one to apply to your daily life. The wisdom is timeless.
#1 Be impeccable with your word
What do words have to do with being healthy? Everything! The way you talk to yourself in your head and say things to others sets you up for success or failure. You don’t have to lie, but instead, can find the positive aspect of healthy behaviour and focus on that instead of the work it involves. Being honest with yourself is another way to be impeccable.
Positive: “I’m excited about the new recipe I’m trying tonight!”
Negative: “This new recipe is going to cut into my free time tonight and take forever to make.”
Positive: “Going to the gym helps me feel better after a stressful day.”
Negative: “I dread going to the gym, I wish someone else could exercise for me.”
Take it one step further. Ask yourself, “How do I want to feel?” Energised, happy, active, positive? What activities and food choices help you feel that way? Check out this blog to explore this concept further:
Being impeccable with your word also means that when you make a commitment to be healthy you hold yourself accountable. If you said you would go to the gym after work, follow through. If you intend to eat more healthy, make the effort when dining out. Your body is the most precious item you own. Treat it with respect and it’ll pay off in many ways.
#2 Don’t make assumptions
Think you won’t like yoga or bike riding? Does eating fennel sound gross? Think again. Give it a try. You never know what activity or food might bring a fresh feel or taste to your healthful life. Especially if you’re feeling stuck with your current routine. Trying new things is easier for some of us than others. Make an extra effort to be open-minded, you might be pleasantly surprised!
Another way to look at this agreement is by realising that habits and routines are often based upon assumptions. It’s natural to get into a rhythm. You assume that you know what works and do it mindlessly. Every so often, slow down, pay attention and examine what your healthy habits are. Is there something you could change to make your physical activities more enjoyable, convenient or interesting?
#3 Don’t take anything personally
This is easier said than done. People might comment on the way you exercise and your choices. When others share unwarranted advice or opinions they can bring you down. Ask yourself, “do I agree or disagree with what they said to me/about me?” If you agree, then perhaps you could make a change to what you’re doing. If you disagree, brush it off and keep at it, your way.
#4 Always do your best
Be gentle with yourself. Your best on one day will be different than on another day. Your best will be different than your friends and family members. Doing your best is easier when you choose activities you truly enjoy. Exercise is more meaningful and enjoyable when you know why you’re doing it. Get to the root of your motivation with this blog.
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