A Pill That Replaces Exercise But Won't Give You 'Runners High'

A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism this month suggests that scientists may have discovered a cure for exercise.

Instead of hitting the treadmill, people may one day experience many of the health benefits of working out from a pill that replicates the molecular changes that take place in our bodies when we exercise.

But don't cancel your gym membership just yet.

Dr. Nolan Hoffman - one of the study's authors and a researcher at the University of Sydney's School of Molecular Bioscience - estimates that we are at least a decade away from the actual pill.

The drug could be especially beneficial to people who cannot exercise, like the elderly and people with obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

It may also appeal to sedentary people as well, but the pill wouldn't provide the other benefits of exercise, such as sculpting your physique or reducing stress.

So if you're looking for a "runner's high," you'll have to put on your sneakers and chase it the old fashioned way.

h/t Smithsonian Mag, Quartz


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