To Be Healthy, Do some Lunges — For a Glass of Red Wine

Written By Scott Joseph On June 22, 2015

Man, what a workout I had this weekend. I did a lot of lifting, and I’m feeling the pain a little this morning. Unfortunately, the pain is a headache.

I didn’t hit the gym, I was drinking red wine, which, according to this article which will immediately be printed out and shared via email by just about everyone who reads it, is the same thing.

According to the article — from Huffington Post, so you know it’s legit, tight? — “Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise.”

This isn’t new. The CBS News program 60 Minutes did a segment on what it called the “French Paradox” in November of 1991. It noted that although the French eat high fat foods, smoke excessively and exercise little, they tended to have a lower rate of heart disease.

The reason, the report concluded, was due to properties in red wine. (The French went on to clarify that it was exclusively French red wine.) I remember hearing from the owner of a wine store that at that time occupied a space under Church Street Station. The shop owner said he had seen an influx of “little old ladies” who had a sudden interest in drinking red wine. Some wanted to know if they spent more on a bottle would that mean it was better for the heart?

I wouldn’t be surprised if after this latest study our local wine shops will see more customers coming in in sweat pants.

As for me, I’m off to the “gym.”

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