I GAVE up my gym membership a few weeks ago. I felt really guilty about cancelling it; in fact I was such a coward, I cancelled it via email. But now I’m feeling a little vindicated about my decision.
Because as it turns out, it seems there’s a much easier habit I can adopt to improve my health – and it’s thought to have the exact same health benefits as an hour at the gym.
And this habit it… wait for it… drinking a glass of wine.
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Wait, what?! How can that be right?
It sounds completely implausible, but apparently this claim has some genuine scientific research backing it up.
A study conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that red wine contains a specific compound, resveratrol, which is similar to those we get from exercise.
During their research, they discovered that resveratrol was observed to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in the same way as they’re improved after a gym session.
“I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable,” says lead researcher, Jason Dyck.
“Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”
Apparently, this same compound is also found in certain fruits and nuts, like blueberries, red grapes and peanut butter.
But I think we can all agree that red wine is the most exciting forum for us to boost our resveratrol levels, yeah?
Before you get too excited about pouring that second glass of red instead of hitting the gym after work tonight, I have a duty to point out that there is one small caveat to this research: it hasn’t quite been tested on humans yet.
So far, the university’s study has only been carried out on rats.
Ergo, putting this advice into practice may not translate into a strategy that legitimately boosts your health.
Still, it’s a risk we’re willing to take. How about you?