Attention wine-lovers: scientists have just unveiled the holy grail of facts about red wine. According to a study by scientists at the University of Alberta, consuming a glass of red wine has the same physical performance, heart function, and muscle strength benefits as working out for an hour at the gym. Just think of all that time spent sweating it out at spin class when you could have been lazing about, sipping some wine instead.
How could this be? Scientists found in the study that the chemical resveratrol, naturally found in red wine, has numerous health and heart-positive benefits, including improved physical performance, heart function, and muscle strength. Red wine could actually enhance the cardiovascular benefits of exercise.
“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,” Jason Dyck, the principal investigator for the study, told Science Daily.
This is the best news we’ve heard in a long time. Cabernet over cardio any day of the week.