August 28, 2013

The Exercise Pill is Almost Here!

As I type this, you just know the pharmaceutical company behind this miracle cure for the workout is waiting with breath baited for that fateful day when the test on human subjects proves effective and safe (for the short term anyway).  For the moment, however, their lab mice are super fit, bulking up, and able to lift their exercise wheels over their fuzzy little heads.

I kid you not; there is a research institute that has developed an experimental drug known as "SR9009" that (according to the findings so far) increases the stamina and speed in mice by 50%!  This is without the mice having to hit the gym or finding yoga pants that will fit properly.  How is this possible? This superpill promotes the generation of mitochondria (the structures within a cell that generates our energy) while dumping the old, mouldy, defective mitochondra (cause who wants to carry around old, mouldy mitochondria).  In addition, it helps to prevent muscle atrophy (the deterioration of muscle fibre as one ages - one who doesn't do strength training at least) without having to lift a pencil. In other words, this little "gift" to the world means you won't have to lift a thing or go for a jog anymore.

Based upon the money and time "big-pharma" is spending on anti-obesity cures, there is no doubt in my mind we will have such a pill soon. I am also sure there will be dancing in the streets once these drugs are on the market.  Is this a good thing? Will the health professionals perscribe these drugs for good or evil? What are the long term effects of pill popping for the "health of it"? Are there any other benefits of exercise that a pill may not be able to provide? Let's see....

Off the top of my head the benefits of exercise include the following; greater lung capacity, increased blood flow, increased stroke volume (the amount of oxygenated blood your heart can pump out in one beat), decreased heart rate due to a stronger heart muscle, elevated levels of oxygenated blood to your brian, skin, and other organs, increased immune system function (provided you don't overdue it), stronger thermo-regulating system (you sweat more effectively), decreased symptoms of depression, maintenance of bone density, increased proprioception (to maintain your balance as you age), a sense of social connection (when doing it with friends), reduction in your chances of chronic disease, and ...of course...weight maintenance.  That's just naming a few benefits.

So what is it about exercise that will make more than half of North America line up for the first exercise pill? Why can't we change the way we perceive exercise as something fun and enjoyable? Why does it have to be something we HAVE to do or something we DREAD doing? It doesn't. Our fitness and health industry has yet to evolve enough to understand how to use exercise for good and not evil.  Many people abuse exercise, believe it has to be tough or even hurt to be effective, and think more is better. The simple fact is physical activity should be enjoyed, fun, and comfortable.

So there you have it. Soon we will be seeing a new drug on the market for health and fitness.  The question is, do we have enough sense to "just say no to drugs" and make the choice to be active for the health of it?
I believe we can....but I also believe in honest politicians, Big Foot, and the chance for world peace...eventually.

K

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