As our lives keep getting busier and busier, people are focusing less on self-care and making time to get to the gym is getting more and more challenging. Thanks to a recent study conducted by the University of Alberta, (SOURCE) Canada, there is now evidence that drinking a single glass of red wine can have the same benefits as spending one hour working out at the gym.
There is a compound found in wine called resveratrol. (SOURCE) According to the study, resveratrol has been shown to offer some of the same physical benefits that one can achieve from one hour of exercise. Some of the benefits include increases in the functioning of your heart, your physical performance, and your strength.
According to lead researcher, Jason Dyck, “I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”
Scientist have long studied and touted the health benefits of red wine. According to earlier studies, drinking red wine can reduce your chances of cancer or dementia. It has also been known to be good for your heart as it helps regulate your blood sugar. (SOURCE)
In case you are wondering, white wine does not have the same effect. Nor do any other forms of alcohol. Red wine alone contains resveratrol and therefore is the only viable substitute for an hour in the gym. It is important to note that resveratrol can also be found in dark chocolate, peanut butter, blueberries and – of course – red grapes. Therefore, even non-drinkers can reap the benefits of skipping those trips to the gym.
However, before you go enjoying a nightly bottle of Merlot expecting to see amazing results and burgeoning biceps, you should know that the study recommends just one glass for maximum effect. The study recommends one glass of red wine a day for optimal performance.
This could be quite a revelation for the elderly, people with disabilities, and even the morbidly obese. This is also great news for people who don’t have time to go to the gym or just don’t have the stamina to do so. The red wine can actually improve your physical performance and decrease your need to go to the gym. So far the study has only been conducted on rats, but I can imagine the line around the corner that will appear when human trials are approved.
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