This morning, I saw a news headline that read, “A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym, says new study – New research reveals skipping the gym in favour of the pub is ok.” (Source here)
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Really? Well, then I’m going to head to my nearest liquor store right now. And it’s a good thing I live in the great state of New Hampshire, where we have no sales tax because I’ll be stocking up like it’s the end of the world.
But wait, the whole thing about drinking red wine being the equivalent to an hour at the gym actually sounds too good to be true, and SURPRISE – it is!
But judging by the number of times this misleading article has been shared, this gives me reason for concern! Those who actually buy into this nonsense and believe that drinking a glass of red wine is equivalent to an hour at the gym certainly haven’t spend an hour training with me at any gym – or anyone else who knows what they’re doing for that matter.
I mean, by that rationale, saying that “a glass of red wine is equivalent to an hour at the gym because it has health benefits” is like saying that “sitting on your butt is a great way to lose weight because it burns calories.”
Keep dreaming, people.
As it turns out, the author of that article either a) misinterpreted the findings of this “new study,” which was actually published three years ago, and/or b) drew some outlandish conclusions from the results of the study, which unfortunately, is standard practice in most health-related journalism.
Note: there’s another possible scenario here. It’s the editor’s fault!
So, let’s get to the bottom of this. Here’s a link to the actual study: Improvements in skeletal muscle strength and cardiac function induced by resveratrol during exercise training contribute to enhanced exercise performance in rats.
You can read the abstract to get the gist of what actually happened, or even the whole paper if you’d like. But let me summarize what the researchers did and what they actually found.
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