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One day of heavy eating and lounging is OK

For exercise enthusiasts, Thanksgiving is like the feeling of bugs crawling all over their skin.

The thought of gorging on a mostly carbohydrate-rich meal and sitting in the house all day talking with family and friends and watching football is a death knell.

A recent experiment in Bath, England, published in the Journal of Physiology, showed that one day of inactivity will not wipe out all of the work that was done beforehand.

Check out more Gretchen Reynolds's New York Times blog.

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