The struggle to stay fit is very real: counting calories, giving up beloved snacks and sweet mouth items, and having to work out regularly are a few of the things we do. People are constantly on the lookout for ways to stay fit while doing less.
Now, imagine staying fit with no effort at all. No need to work out: no more jumping jacks or skipping ropes or jogging on Lekki bridge or paying a gym membership and feeling guilty for not using it.
Sounds like a fantasy right?
Well it’s not. Researchers have created a blueprint of the molecular reactions to exercise.
The findings, published in Cell Metabolism on Oct. 2, show that exercise causes 1,000 molecular changes in skeletal muscles. Dr. Nolan Hoffman, an author of the study and a research associate at the School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney, says that the goal is to identify the most important changes, so that these can be replicated using drugs.
What this means is all you need to do is pop a pill and voila, exercise over. However the researchers say that it will be many years before this pill could conceivably be available—“at least a decade.” But they are “actively working on” that end goal.
It’ll be interesting to see how many people still stay doing #fitfam if/when such a pill becomes available.