Brace yourselves… we MAY soon be able to exercise without leaving the house.
Yep, seriously. According to a study entitled Cell Metabolism And Trends In Pharmacological Sciences, scientists are one step closer to developing ‘exercise pills’.
This is big. But how exactly have they managed it?
Well. Researchers at the University of Sydney studied four ‘untrained, healthy males following 10 minutes of high intensity exercise’ to discover 1,000 molecular changes that take place in the body during exercise.
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Co-author Dr. Nolan Hoffman then revealed: ‘While scientists have long suspected that exercise causes a complicated series of changes to human muscle, this is the first time we have been able to map exactly what happens.
‘This is a major breakthrough, as it allows scientists to use this information to design a drug that mimics the true beneficial changes caused by exercise.’
Unfortunately, it won’t be easy for the scientists to create these tablets. Their research proves that unlike most drugs that target individual molecules, the exercise pill will have to target multiple molecules.
But as Dr. Hoffman continues: ‘Our research has provided the roadmap to figure this out.’
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So is it time for us to throw away our gym gear and cancel our swimming memberships? Sadly, not quite.
Ismail Laher – a professor at the University Of British Columbia and co-author of a second paper named Exercise Pills: At the Starting Line – says these pills will be more suitable for those unable to exercise traditionally.
For example, amputees or those who’ve had a stroke.
Laher told The Washington Post: ‘I want to be clear that really there is no way to replace routine exercise with an exercise pill.
‘Exercise requires your heart rate to go up, blood to flow faster, and you cannot do that with an exercise pill… but in particular groups, it’s the next best thing.’
While this is a tad disappointing, we still think the science behind it all is pretty amazing.