Dry January is almost over, but if you needed another excuse to reach for the wine than a month’s abstention, we have some health news that might just make your day.

New research has found that the physical benefits of a glass of red wine could be the equivalent of spending an hour in the gym.

The study, conducted by Canada’s University of Alberta, discovered that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, can improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength.

"I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable," said lead researcher Jason Dyck.

"Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do."

The health benefits of red wine have been well documented, with studies also showing it may protect against diabetes.

And remember – everything in moderation. Resveratrol is also found in peanut butter, dark chocolate, blueberries and red grapes, so don’t be afraid to mix it up.

But merlot over a medicine ball is definitely something we can get on board with.