Humbug! Ebenezer Scrooge wasn’t a Well Past Forty follower, nor was he very fit, according to author Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol. His mental well-being took a turn for the better by story’s end, so all was not lost for good ‘ol Ebenezer.
As our Queen’s English often does, varied meanings of a word like HUMBUG exist. To some Brits, humbug is a peppermint candy. To others around our crazy world, a humbug is a person who is an imposter.
To this scribe, an urbandictionary.com definition of humbug [NONSENSE] is fitting for several reasons at this time of our FY (Fitness Year).
It makes little sense to worry about a good party’s impact on your regimen, as long as some key trimmings are moderated.
It makes little sense to party hearty until New Year’s Day, then think a New Year’s Resolution will overcome excesses and stick for the long-haul.
It seems like nonsense to ignore good counsel for: portion control, watching alcoholic intake and skipping good carbs (high fiber, low glycemic indices) through the holidays.
What isn’t nonsense?
- A paradox of depression at the “most wonderful time of the year” for too many folks.
- Coincidence of influenza season with our Holidays
- For some, a tendency to over-train, then suffer after-effects
- Under-hydration with good old H2O
- Stressing over a missed sale item, or a Christmas card which didn’t get sent
What makes good sense?
- Listening to your body
- Eating slowly, and going for the greens on offered plates
- Monitoring your resting heart rate, and taking appropriate actions
- Fending off holiday hustle and bustle. Don’t let Cortisol become a big player in your festivities
- Celebrating advances in your wellness journey to put life in your years and add years to your life.
Yes – there are online resources to help you stay the course and to stay sensible without being a HUMBUG. Try pop sugar, or plan your December fitness, or perhaps add a stay-the-course strategy.