Give up a Little to Gain Some Good

Hi Fusers!

This spring The Fuse Fitness is focusing on healthy behavior changes. In April the challenge was to give up at least one bad habit and in May we will be inviting you to commit to one new good habit. Today we want to talk about something in between – giving up a little to gain some good.

Not All Good or All Bad

We realize that not all habits are all bad or all good. For example, watching television, is not all good or all bad. According to the Economist Magazine, it is the number one way Americans spend their leisure time, on average about four hours a day.

However, if you know you could be in better shape, is watching four hours of TV a day the best idea? Now, before you panic, we are not saying give up TV all together, but how about giving up an hour and instead going for a walk, doing some gardening or taking you kids to the park before parking your butt on the sofa.

Take a Look at Your Lifestyle

Think about your social life. Are there some ways that you can modify your behaviors to include a little more activity? Here are just a few ideas to consider:

What about going bowling with friends and having a couple of beers instead of sitting in a bar all night?

Do you love to go out for dinner? Why not park ten blocks away from the restaurant and walk to and from dinner? Enjoy some exercise and a quiet conversation with your dinner date.

Instead of jumping on the internet and social media sites after dinner, take a 15 minute walk and then spend 15 minutes doing 50 jumping jacks, 20 sit ups and 10 push ups.  Now get on your computer and surf the net. In that half-hour you will have not missed anything online and over time that 30 minutes of exercise will help you a lot.

Take the Challenge

We invite everyone to examine their life. Where can you carve out some time from an activity that garners few health benefits and shift that time over to doing something that will make you healthier and happier? Challenge yourself, your friends and family. Give a little up to gain some good.

What are some of your ideas for modifying your lifestyle to include more activity?

Yours in Health,

The Fuse Fitness


Just Give Up!

Hi Fusers!

This is not an early April Fool’s Day joke, what we mean is just give up one bad habit.

“Give It Up!” is April’s fitness challenge. The challenge for all of us is to give up one bad habit for 30 days.

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At Least One Bad Habit

We all have at least one habit that undermines our health and fitness goals. The challenge is to give that habit up for 30 days. If after 30 days you want to return to your old ways, it is your choice to do so. You can give up any bad habit you want, such as a bad eating habit, like giving up chocolate, or a behavior, like watching TV while you eat. Think about the one thing that you know you want to change, big or small.

One at a Time

We know it is hard to change behaviors and most experts agree that by making one change at a time, you are more likely to succeed in both the short and long run.  It takes only a few weeks to train your brain and body to adjust. The goal of this challenge is to break free of a habit that you know does not serve you. At the end of the 30-day challenge, ideally you will have accomplished the following:

1. Establish your change in behavior as a habit itself.

2. Break your addiction/unconscious reactionary thinking to your behavior.

3. Feel empowered to continue to challenge yourself in making other changes.

To keep your mind from short-circuiting, remember this is only a 30-day challenge. After 30 days you are free to go back to your old ways if you choose. Hopefully you will use moderation 🙂


You might not want to start with giving up your most challenging habit. If you smoke daily and every night you eat cookies, pick the behavior you are most likely to be able to give up right now.

If you fall off the wagon, get right back on! One or two slips means that you are 85% effective at reaching your goal.

Remember, you do not have to go it alone. Ask friends and family to take the “Give It Up!” challenge with you. Many people at The Fuse Fitness are ready to give up a bad habit as well. So drop by the studio and see our wall of “Give It Up!”  With support it is always easier to kick a habit.

So tell us, what is one of the bad habits you are willing to give up? Do show and tell.

Good luck!

Yours in Health,
Post written by Beverly Aabjerg