Scientists are working on an “exercise pill” so you can look great without working out.
It sounds like a dream of a madman or a fantasy but it is being researched as you read along! Wouldn’t it be great to have all the benefits of exercise without actually doing it? How is it even possible?
According to scientists from The University of Sydney:
“We’ve created an exercise blueprint that lays the foundation for future treatments, and the end goal is to mimic the effects of exercise. It’s long been thought that there were many signals elicited by exercise, but we were the first to create this map and we now know the complexity.” (Quartz)
Experiments conducted on healthy male subjects proved that there are around 1000 different biological and chemical reactions and implications of exercise on our bodies and therefore it will be years if not decades before we are able to duplicate those by means of a single pill.
‘The findings, published in Cell Metabolism on Oct. 2, show that exercise causes 1,000 molecular changes in skeletal muscles. Dr. Nolan Hoffman, an author of the study and a research associate at the School of Molecular biosciences, University of Sydney, says that the goal is to identify the most important changes, so that these can be replicated using drugs.’ (Quartz)
It is mostly anticipated to help sick people or the elderly who may not be able to do exercise.
‘An exercise drug could have major benefits for the elderly, as well as people who have obesity, type-2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Though it sounds like a gift to the lazy, such a treatment could transform the lives of many who cannot exercise. “I think we can make major strides in medicine,” says Hoffman.’ (Quartz)
For now though, there are plenty of things you can do to remain healthy. Multiple forms of exercise are available and accessible to everyone. You don’t like gyms? Take up hiking or running. Not your thing? Swim or do yoga. What’s really important is to keep moving to stay healthy and happy. Found this article interesting? Share with friends and family now!