Fit Tips for Wine Lovers
With February in full swing, more than a few of us may find ourselves slipping up with our New Year’s resolutions. Gym memberships go unused, yoga mats are left to gather dust, new running shoes stay in the closet. It’s no secret that alcohol packs on the pounds, but wine has many benefits too. Over the years, many studies have been conducted to determine the health benefits of wine; in moderation, studies show evidence that wine to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes – wine may even help extend life expectancy. Plus it’s delicious. Life is better with a wee bit of vino, so here are a few tips to help you stay fit and enjoy wine without gaining a stone.
The Buddy System & Setting Goals
When it comes to staying fit, having a partner in crime to hit the gym with, is a great way to stay accountable to fitness goals. Work together to establish a realistic workout routine and push each other to stick to it. In your day to day life, use the stairs, walk instead of calling a cab, and you may soon find yourself reaping the benefits. Whether you are pumping iron, going for a brisk jog, or taking a pilates class together, not only will you feel better knowing you’ve earned your glass at the end of the day, but you’ll be less likely to slack off!
Knowledge is Power
Depending on the style of wine, the calorie in your glass of wine may vary. Red wine contains more calories than white, and sweet wine has more than dry. The same rings true for wines that are higher in alcohol. Calories in a glass of wine at 150 ml, can range from 110 calories up to 300, for some dessert styles. Do a little homework before you buy; go online and check out the calories in some of your favourites varieties. A typical glass of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay will fall around 120-125 calories for 150 ml. You can also make a few simple changes throughout the day with what you eat and drink; skip the Coca-Cola at lunch so you can have your Cabernet with dinner.
When to Enjoy that Glass
We’ve talked calories, but here is something else to consider: as with eating before bed, drinking late doesn’t allow the body time burn off excess calories before sleep. The human body process alcohol in a different way than food. It uses the alcohol first as an energy source, storing other caloric energy and nutrients to for later use – as fat. Enjoy your glass or two earlier in the evening after work, or with dinner.
Start buying half bottles; it is an easy way to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner without having a lot of waste, and many great quality producers offer wine by the half bottle. It has the added benefit of being kinder on the wallet and freeing up storage space as well.
Where to Drink
Ah home – the bar that never closes. Be conscious of drink intake when drinking in the house. It is all too easy to polish off a bottle on an evening in. Try to avoid drinking at home on a regular basis. Studies have shown that the more money wine drinkers spend on a glass of wine when drinking and dining out, the less likely they will have more than two glasses. It’s not too late to add “drink better” to your list of 2017 resolutions!