Wine is good for your health. That’s clear. It’s an antioxidant, protects vision, reduces inflammation… There are even studies that say drinking wine can improve physical performance, cardiac function, and muscular force; in other words, characteristics that make it an ideal ally for athletes.
So, if one of the most oft-repeated and popular benefits of wine is that drinking it in moderation helps the heart function well, should you drink it like you would an isotonic drink? Maybe that’s going a bit far, although the study Improvements in skeletal muscle strength and cardiac function induced by resveratrol during exercise training contribute to enhanced exercise performance in rats, published in the Journal of Physiology from Canada’s University of Alberta, says that resveratrol, the antimicrobial component present in grapes, increases cardiac frequency, which affects and increases muscular and physical performance. The study also proved that resveratrol regulates the circulation of blood to the heart.
Moderation is key
To understand that none of this is simply an advertising message, there are also studies showing that 25% of the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet are based on wine consumption.
We’re not about to start hitting the gym with a bottle of wine, though. The benefits of wine should be considered as just one part of a healthy and balanced diet – like the Mediterranean diet – and always in moderation. In fact, according to the studyWhat is the optimal level of population alcohol consumption for chronic disease prevention in England? Modelling the impact of changes in average consumption levels, published in the British Medical Journal,it is estimated that the appropriate amount of wine for improving health is half a glass per day.
Penedès 360 Challenge: an initiative that unites wine and sport
Given these findings, it should come as no surprise that there are activities combining wine and sport, such as the Penedès 360 Challenge. This weekend-long event will bring athletes and visitors together around wine and the Penedès 360 routes, trails that cross the Penedès region near the sea, among the vineyards, and in the mountains, designed for mountain biking, hiking, and slow biking.
On September 27th, 28th, and 29th, the Pla del Penedès will be the setting for various activities, including races, talks, and product tastings, in addition to the regional fair and different activities aimed at children. Saturday the 28th will be Wine Marathon day, while on Sunday it will be the turn of the cyclists to take center stage, with three races: Pedals del Vi, Pedals de Verema, and Pedals de Most, the latter of which is a fun ride open to anyone of any age.
Are you a fan of wine and sports? Then taking part in an event like the Penedès 360 Challenge is sure to be right up your street! You’re still in time to plan a Penedès getaway in early fall!