It's easy to overeat during the holidays, but new research shows a quick daily workout can really help.
Researchers at the University of Bath in England had two dozen healthy adults overeat for a week. Half the group also worked out on a treadmill each day.
Both groups gained weight, but the group that exercised did not experience an unhealth drop in blood sugar or other unhealthy side effects.
Participants in both groups had a significant decline in blood sugar control. And their fat cells activated genes that result in unhealthy changes to metabolism and that disrupt nutritional balance.
The effects, however, were much lower in those who were doing daily exercise, according to the study, which was published Dec. 15 in The Journal of Physiology.
"If you are facing a period of overconsumption and inactivity, which is probably quite common around Christmastime, 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," said senior author of the study Dr. Dylan Thompson in a news release.