Is Wine Healthier Than 1 Hour at the Gym?

By R.J. Huneke

The new ongoing scientific studies are proving just how much a glass of red wine can boost your health, and the results are incredible!


One glass of red wine can be as healthy or healthier than one hour of a rigorous endurance workout at the gym.

This is not conjecture.

The antioxidants in red wine boost heart health, reduce bad cholesterol, and the risk of blood clots. But there is so much more being proven by the scientific researchers at Canada’s University of Alberta. They are making groundbreaking strides. Just one glass of red wine has the positive effects of a workout, minus the workout.

How is this possible?

Working out in a gym can often lead to strain and stress on muscles and tendons in the body, but a glass of red wine can mimic the positive effects on the body of working out for one hour, without all of the legwork (pardon the pun, folks).

Principal investigator Jason Dyck and his team found out in lab experiments that high doses of the natural compound resveratrol [found in red wine, nuts, and grapes] improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in lab models.

“We were excited when we saw that resveratrol showed results similar to what you would see from extensive endurance exercise training,” says Dyck, who works as a researcher in the department of Pediatrics and the department of Pharmacology.

We all have those days where the gym workout bag goes missing (swallowed whole by the trunk of the car), your much needed cross trainer sneakers as eaten by your puppy Rufus, and attaining a workout becomes a lost cause. There is a solution to help ease the mind.

Sit back, sip, and take in the scintillating bouquet of a glass of red wine.

In many parts of Italy, a glass of red wine is common at dinner and has been for generations. These new ongoing studies are proving that more long-term health benefits can result from the “glass a day” of red wine methodology. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of white wine, at least at this point.

Dyck told Science Daily, “Resveratrol showed results similar to what you would see from extensive endurance exercise training… [red wine] 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.”

While drinking more than one glass of red wine in a day will not increase the benefits, and drinking alcohol in more than moderation can have harmful effects, that first glass is proven golden.

Other benefits red wine is known for are: promoting longevity, cutting risk of cataracts and colon cancer, reducing risk of Type 2 Diabetes and slowing down brain decline (which beer is good for too), though it is important to note that these benefits are only the result of moderate drinking.

It would not be a bad idea to keep the gym membership, because exercise is still paramount to being in good health. But you can gain numerous health benefits with one glass of red vino.

Head on down to New York City’s Coolest Five Wine Shops and pick out a red or two, folks.

And rejoice, for health and wine are proven to go hand in hand now!

Experience the benefits of wine firsthand at the NYC Spring Wine Festival on May 9th at Wall Street’s historic Broad Street Ballroom!

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