Exercise OR Red Wine: For Most, Not A Difficult Choice!

8100_9x12_WeekendWorkout_RED_COTT__12332.1420814220.600.600That is right! You now have a choice because “science” and “research” has once again proven an “equal” benefit to either one. One hour of physical exercise offers the SAME PHYSICAL BENEFITS as one glass of RED WINE! Hmmmmm…..

To achieve these potential benefits, however, one must be willing to compromise. You see, the benefits achieved in this study used RATS as subjects instead of humans. They were given quantities of resveratrol (the active healthful ingredient in red wine) equivalent to the average consumer drinking hundreds of glasses of wine per day. The benefits were also based on “athletic rats” (those physically trained prior to starting this research) compared to sedentary rats.

Interestingly, a human study on resveratrol was performed and published inΒ Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism which resulted in the PLACEBO GROUP (the group given an innert {neutral} substance) achieving INCREASED physical fitness. The group given resveratrol showed NO EVIDENCE of improvement.

When the magazines and newspapers reported these findings, most left these little facts out of their stories. We, as consumers, need to balance our emotional “want to believe” side with our logical “it only makes sense” side.

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The conclusion of this research, therefore, for all of you waiting with baited breath is:

  1. Red wine may very well substitute for exercise and enhance your physical performance and cardiac function if you are willing to become a RAT.

  2. The benefits of remaining human and drinking the quantities of red wine needed to simulate the research (hundreds of glasses of red wine per day) did NOT offer greater health benefits than abstaining from drinking alcohol.

  3. Β The monetary benefits of walking (discretionary expense = $0.00) exceeded the monetary costs of drinking (discretionary expense = $6.95 to $4,000.00 per glass.)

AND FINALLY…..

Upon Awakening the morning after a night of exercise, you would likely know whose bed you’re sleeping in. Upon awakening the morning after a night of consuming MULTIPLE GLASSES OF “resveratrol,” the environment might offer an entirely new and unfamiliar experience.

The moral of the story is, “don’t be fooled by ANY publication. Whether it’s Home and Garden,Β  Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism or any other periodical or newspaper

USE COMMON SENSE!

Don’t let emotions by themselves determine truth from fiction. Recognize terms such as challenge, struggle and discipline strengthen our character and JUDGEMENT! Taking what we believe is the “easy way out” often causes significantly greater harm than good adding unnecessary complications to our lives. Therefore, include exercise as a NECESSARY lifestyle activity on a regular basis (3-5X/week) and include RED WINE (in limited quantities) as an OPTIONAL compliment to your exercise rather than a substitute.

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This picture illustrates whether you are a “social drinker” or beginning to exceed the “scientific” standards of social drinking.

Hope this provides a healthier “SPIN” and more interesting read on the question, “Is a glass of red wine equal to 1 hour of exercise?

 

 

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52 comments

  1. I don’t consume wine regularly but I must admit whenever I do, the feeling next morning is not that great 😦 No doubt a healthy regime and good exercise is the key to a healthy life….definitely not a glass of wine!! πŸ™‚

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    1. If an ultimatum is demanded, I would suggest the hour of exercise over the glass of wine. For those who enjoy their wine, however, this is an example where you can “have your cake and eat it too.” Simply keep it to a 4-5 oz pour and keep it to no more than 2 glasses (preferably no more than 4-5 days per week.)

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  2. Elaine · · Reply

    Truly disappointed that a glass of wine doesn’t equal the same benefits! It’s hard to believe that this study was actually published. Very entertaining post!

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    1. It does if you’re drinking while running on the treadmill.
      The original study wasn’t a bad piece of research. It was the interpretation by other groups of people that caused the controversy. They excluded details creating a biased result. Typical of a lot of research articles out there.

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  3. “Red wine may very well substitute for exercise and enhance your physical performance and cardiac function if you are willing to become a RAT.”

    That is the single best line I have read today…awesome post!

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    1. Thank you for the compliment. Even I have to “lighten things up” every now and then while attempting to create a point. I am trying very hard to prove that it is NOT an oxymoron to use the words doctor and humor is the same sentence! πŸ˜€

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  4. Yes, for sure. Studies need to be taken with a grain of salt and scrutinized for the full details. This goes the same for studies with negative findings. Things may not be as bad as the paper suggests. It’s all in the details.

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    1. You’re right. Many research studies have preconceived outcomes. The design of the study commonly includes and excludes components necessary to reach these goals. Explaining this to the public becomes important because they assume “scientific research” and its conclusions are based on good science and good design.
      I’ll bet having “wine” in the title (and a little humor) might stimulate some new awareness while simultaneously causing a little pouting based on the results. 😦

      Can’t wait to review the next study: “Losing weight on the ice cream sundae and cheesecake diet!” πŸ˜€

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      1. Ice cream and cheesecake? Hehe, if only. Sigh.

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  5. Well, I for one am certainly taking the option of the wine…

    By the way, I can already see the benefits of our Dog Walk Challenge – I look forward to our walk, as it makes me feel good. I can tell just putting on her harness that Choppy is losing weight (or at least, she’s losing inches). I don’t know about me on that front, but that’s not the point, as I think we’re both feeling better already – and we’re hardly getting started!

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    1. That is terrific. We love our animals and need to help them stay in good shape to strengthen their systems and reduce unnecessary strain on their ligaments, tendons and joints. In turn, this helps us achieve the same thing. A win-win scenario! Glad she is doing so well.

      As for the wine, enjoy each and every sip from the bottle….I mean 4-5 oz. glass! πŸ˜€

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      1. As she’s getting older, that all seems more important for Choppy – as does keeping her around for every possible moment I can!

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  6. Thanks for the reminder of the importance of critical thinking! That was really irresponsible. Raising my glass of Malbec to your great detective work, doc! But only in moderation, of course πŸ™‚

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  7. In today’s world of advertising and marketing, people will use anything they can find to “increase their bottom line.” It is human nature to want to believe in myths that remove responsibility for desired (potentially harmful) behaviors. Re-centering the thought process on “BALANCE” and “MODERATION” permits people to indulge, satisfying their various needs WITHOUT causing self harm. Cheers πŸ˜‰

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  8. “waiting with baited breath…” I love it! Also the graphic of that wrinkly and irresistible bulldog. What a cutie!!! I’d be willing to wake up to him in my bed any day. I don’t drink, so waking up to a stranger is probably not in the cards for me, but if I was promised that it would be he that woke me in the morning with a sloppy kiss, I might dare to take a nip of the brew. πŸ˜‰

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    1. I couldn’t pass that picture by and not include him in the article. Hope you had a great Monday!

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  9. Love the images and the message!

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  10. Since doctors are boring, I have used my intelligence to include a picture of a very cute dog and a topic about wine knowing the two always improve people’s attitudes! πŸ™‚
    Glad you enjoyed the article.

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  11. Ha great post and good point! When we know our bodies and know what we need, the choice is not hard. Making excuses to ourselves about exercise because we read somewhere that red wine is just as good as a workout is very funny! πŸ™‚

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    1. You would be surprised at how many people I’ve spoken to asked if this topic was really true. This is why I decided to write about it. People will often cling on to believing improbabilities if it suits their desires. To many of these people, reality just gets in the way.

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  12. I love wine but I rarely drink it (or anything other than water) anymore. I would have taken up the habit again if it could eliminate HIIT from my life though!

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    1. The good news is a glass of wine can take upwards of an hour to drink; HIIT workouts are significantly shorter. Look at all the free time I just found for you. πŸ˜€

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      1. I knew you’d find a positive way to look at it! πŸ˜€

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  13. Thanks, very nice post. Must admit I was concerned by your header. Glad you went on to explain. Very helpful. Eat less; move more; live longer.

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    1. I purposely do this sometimes because this is the marketing approach many advertisers create for the consumer. As you know, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
      Looking forward to reading more from you.

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  14. Reblogged this on One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Longer and commented:
    I just ran across this and thought you would enjoy it… maybe learn something, too.

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  15. hahahaha this was hilarious and informative! what an awesome post. I don’t drink and I do walk each day so I guess I am ok! This was so interesting and just shows how things end up out there in the media and how we have to be cautious and think for ourselves! Excellent post!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this.

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      1. It showed me that many things you see out there and read you have to be careful with!

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  16. Ummmmm I will take the exercise thanks rather than the wine. Way more benefits through exercise than wine… πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m with you. I am, however, willing to compromise. I am willing to jog with an unopened bottle of wine in each hand to provide additional light resistance! πŸ˜€

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  17. if i jog to the liquor store to get my bottle of red wine and then jog home after do i get double benefit ?
    ^-^

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    1. Only if your heart stays within your aerobic target zone. If this seems too complicated, leave your credit card at the liquor store after you purchase the wine. This will provide motivation for a second bout of jogging to the liquor store and back which will ensure the calorie burn you’re looking for! πŸ˜€

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  18. Posted this one and Healing to my Facebook…kat

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      1. Always…spreading the good words and like I say I do get a lot of positive feedback….Kat

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  19. That is wonderful πŸ™‚

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  20. Never ceases to amaze me that they come up with things such as red wine being good for you. How can something that makes you drunk, removes all your good think and brings only apathy to your day be considered good? Obviously it has only been tried on rats because they haven’t got to get up in the morning and function as real people.
    I am totally against anything like this, including dark chocolate etc etc
    Besides, I don’t even like Red Wine!!!

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    1. I understand this topic can cause some emotional responses. If it wasn’t for advertisers and marketing the “BIB PICTURE” here would have focused on the ingredient resveratrol. Red grapes and peanuts are two great sources that contain this healthful benefit and don’t produce outcomes you “might not remember in the morning!” πŸ˜€

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  21. Sandhya · · Reply

    I enjoyed reading this post. The photo and the title was very intriguing. It is interesting how we are mislead by these ‘studies’ if we do not take the time to find out more about it.So your post really helps.
    If someting sounds too good to be true, I feel skeptical:)

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    1. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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  22. How can anyone in their right mind think a glass of wine or anything else could ever replace exercise?? I drink 2 (sometimes 3) glasses of red wine per week and I exercise 4 or 5 days. Much better suggestion would have been to do both. UNfortunately, some people think because something is in print it is correct.

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    1. People believe whatever suits their wants and desires best.

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  23. Yes, it is crazy that studies giving Superwino amounts of resveratrol to rats are publicized as if they had clear relevance to people who drink sobriety-preserving quantities of red wine, with the small amounts of resveratrol involved. Thanks for skewering this craziness so aptly. Maybe the researchers who design those studies and the journal editors who accept them should drink less and exercise more.

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    1. Well said. I think your concluding comment is priceless. Your wit is precious.

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  24. I love the picture at the bottom…lol. Ok this post made me change my mind. I missed my afternoon workout at work today so I was going to do it at home, then I decided against it until reading this blog post. On a serious note though, its interesting what humans want to believe to justify their actions. I have done this myself sometimes, but not really with red wine. Great post.

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  25. I agree with you. If 9 people tell us it its crucial to do “something” and 1 says not to (AND you don’t really want to,) the odds are you will listen to the 1’s opinion and justify it by believing someONE else agreed with you (even though 9 didn’t.)
    I’m very glad you enjoyed this article.

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  26. This was very interesting. I enjoyed the read. I enjoy drinking wine, specifically the red wines. I don’t do it very often but a glass every now and then. It doesn’t seem to effect my workouts and or nutrition (at least not in my opinion and from what I have observed) but that is how I know when I have had two glasses too many, lol. I suppose I know my limits.

    Shay-lon

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    1. Sounds like your wine consumption is pretty reasonable. I’m quite certain you don’t use it as a substitute for exercise. Keep up the good work.

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