One of my other passions in life is exercising. I try and hit the gym at least 3 times a week.
So, this got me thinking about whether all my hard work at the gym was being undone if I go home and drink a glass of wine that night?
It turns out however that there are in fact many health benefits to drinking wine that will make you feel great about pouring that extra glass tonight.
- To Get Red Wine’s Heart Benefits, You Need to Both Drink A Glass & Exercise
Researchers conclude that wine consumption combined with exercise is beneficial in preventing cardiovascular disease
- Wine Consumption Creates Endorphins That Motivate Us to Work Out
Ever notice how after working out, all you really want is a refreshing glass of wine? It turns out researchers have uncovered that wine release endorphins in our brain that we use as a reward and motivation for working out. When the endorphins from exercising and the ones from drinking are combined, meaning we consume a glass shortly after our workout, they create a reaction our body remembers and wants to replicate again and again.
Meaning, we subconsciously encourage ourselves to hit the gym the next day in order to have a wine again following the workout. So, if you actually want to use that gym membership you just guiltily signed up for, have a wine after your first workout.
- Wine Can Help Burn Fat and Keep It Off
Researchers have discovered that ellagic acid, which is found in grapes, dramatically slowed the growth of existing fat cells and the formation of new ones, boosting metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.
But drinking red wine alone isn’t enough, as the ellagic acid only slows fat growth, it doesn’t burn fat. That’s where exercise comes in. In combination the exercise allows you to shed the pounds in the first place and a moderate amount of red wine could help you keep it off.
So, what is the takeaway - don’t swear off wine entirely if you’ve resolved to hit the gym, simply consume in moderation. The benefits could aid in your success.