Scientists are developing a so called “exercise pill” that may replace your actual workout in the future.
Researchers at the University of Sydney studied four healthy males after their 10 minutes of high intensity workout and they found out that within that time, nearly 1,000 molecular changes take place in the body.
In a statement, study co-author Dr. Nolan Hoffman said, “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,” he added.
According to Ismail Laher, a professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and co-author of the second paper titled “Exercise Pills: At the Starting Line,” exercise pill would do what exercise regularly does to muscle.
However, he also stressed that these pills are more ideal for people who are unable to exercise in the traditional way like amputees or stroke patients.
He told 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.”
The second paper also provides a review of several compounds that are being analyzed for use in exercise pills. The list includes a synthetic molecule and naturally found substances, such as a flavonoid which is found in cocoa, tea and grapes, and resveratrol, which is found in red wine and blueberries, Washington Post wrote.
Laher said no trials have been done in humans as of yet, but the substances have showed promising result in cell culture and in animals so far.