A new study suggests an exercise pill is not far away.
Can you imagine a world where exercise means never actually having to get off your couch?
This reality is much closer than we thought thanks to the development of an 'exercise pill'.
Basically, the pill, which has so far only been tested on mice, aims to mimic your body's response to a workout, enabling you to reach peak exertion levels without really doing much at all!
The recent study of the exercise pill, published in academic journal Cell Metabolism, sought to first understand the science of exercise on a molecular level and then replicate that with a drug.
"Exercise activates [muscle proteins], but we’re showing that you can do the same thing without mechanical training. It means you can improve endurance to the equivalent level as someone in training, without all of the physical effort,” one of the study's authors, Weiwei Fan, told The Guardian.
However, what might seem like a convenient piece of bio-technology for exercise-hating folk, could actually be revolutionary for those with physical disabilities or illnesses that prevent them from exercising.
On top of helping burn fat, the pill slows the process of converting sugars into energy, The Guardian reports. For those with diabetes, this means it could help keep their blood sugar levels low. It also means you won't get tired as quickly thanks to your energy being released gradually, allowing you to train for longer.
While the scientists behind the study claim these results are positive, other critics have raised concerns about long-term use of the drug, the effects of which have not yet been documented.