And I learned that researchers have created two pills that mimic the effects of exercise.
Researchers are on the brink of something BIG here guys. Soon couch potatoes will rest easy on their plump butts and just pop a pill to take care of that pesky recommended daily exercise.
“One of the pills may some day help people enhance their exercise or training, while the other might be more suited for couch potatoes who need to kick-start themselves,” said Evans [one of those researchers] in the Reuters article. Well, at least this statement makes sense.
“If you like exercise, you like the idea of getting more bang for your buck,” Evans said in a statement. “If you don’t like exercise, you love the idea of getting the benefits from a pill.”
Personally I don’t think the pill could ever replace exercise or the benefits you receive from exercising. Sweating isn’t always comfortable, but can a pill ever replace that feeling of accomplishment you get after finishing a hard workout?
Most likely the pill will just enhance the results of exercise, which there are pills that already to that to some extent. I think some people who would take this exercise pill inevitably will end up upset when they don’t see instant results a pill can never deliver.
The development of these pills is actually kind of interesting but I hope people don’t think they can replace exercise altogether with a pill. Quick fixes short of surgery just don’t seem real.
I am not sure if the researchers agree with me, but at least they mention that the pill would make the exercise people do more efficient: “Almost no one gets the recommended 40 minutes to an hour per day of exercise. For this group of people, if there was a way to mimic exercise, it would make the quality of exercise that they do much more efficient.”
But maybe I am wrong in not wanting a pill to replace exercise and hard work. Maybe it is the world’s greatest breakthrough and an end to the obesity epidemic is in sight.
What do you think? Would you take it?