‘Exercise in a Bottle,’ Scientists Working on Pill That Mimics Effects of Working Out

A couch potato’s dream — a magic pill that could mimic the benefits of exercising without ever having to leave the couch could soon be a reality.

Australian scientists have carried out “breakthrough” research, mapping out the 1,000 molecular changes in the body induced by exercise, and could soon use that research to create such a drug, The Daily Mail reported.

“Exercise is the most powerful therapy for many human diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders,” lead researcher David James, a professor at the University of Sydney told The Daily Mail. “However, for many people exercise isn’t a viable option. This means it is essential we find ways of developing drugs that mimic the benefits of exercise.”

Researchers analyzed biopsied skeletal muscle from four untrained, healthy males, following ten minutes of high intensity exercise.