Exercise is a lot of things — fun, useful, painful, gratifying and above all, time consuming.
With the onset of different workout methods aimed at making the exercise efficient and fun, the general consensus is that it’s something we have to do, not something we like to do. However if we’re going to do it, we might as well do it in 25 mins with an intense trainer breathing hard and screaming at us the entire time. The truth is, if I could retain the benefits of a fantastic workout while laying in bed binge-watching “Vampire Diaries,” I would do it 85 percent of the time.
Why can’t workouts come bottled up, ready to train your body at the pop of a pill? Even steroids require way too much work with injection cycles and actual manual work towards a particular skill. Though it’s not high on the priority list of medical things to invent, exercise in a bottle is being studied, and it seems promising. Who’s ready to abandon gym memberships in favor of flintstone chewables?
University of Sydney researchers have been looking into alternative ways to produce the benefits of exercise in the body without actually exercising. Their research has brought them to the point of recognizing a key number and type of molecular reactions which occur as a result of exercise.
The solution? Producing a drug which can mimic the the same number of reactions in the same order hence effectively producing…exercise in a bottle!! Yes, I love the gym, I love the pump, the burn, the fatigue, but I would actually trade it for more time at home. Think of all the food you could prepare instead of lifting weights! Okay those reasons are selfish, but how about those who don’t have access to regular exercise or are incapable of physically exerting themselves for a chance at bettering their health? This is the perfect solution and could hopefully boost the current life expectancy.
Unless the main side effect is reduced mortality, which is pretty common in pharmaceuticals.