Daily Exercise Helps Negate Effect of Over-Indulging
It’s the holidays. You’re probably going to cheat. We get it. But just because your nutrition plan made the naughty list, that doesn’t mean your exercise regime should follow suit. In fact, a new study in the Journal of Physiology shows that sticking to your workouts helps protect your health from the season’s excesses — including Cousin Jerry’s rum eggnog.
Researchers at the University of Bath, England asked 26 healthy young men to pork out in the name of science. Half the group was inactive and half the group paid a daily visit to the treadmill. (Calorie intakes were skewed so that they all had the same daily calorie surplus.) After just one week, all the participants suffered negative shifts in metabolism, including reduced blood sugar control. However, the impact was considerably lower for the exercise group.
“If you are facing a period of over-consumption and inactivity, which is probably quite common around Christmastime,” said politically incorrect senior author Dylan Thompson, “then our study shows that a daily bout of exercise will prevent many of the negative changes from taking place even though you are gaining weight.”
In other words, multiple visits to the (insert your holiday here) buffet will have a negative impact on your health, but staying the course with your workouts will mitigate the damage, so keep pushing play!
Author – Denis Faye