I think it was Ian who first pointed me to this article in The New York Times about the development of an exercise pill, although the conversation seems to have exploded everywhere. Let’s hop on that bandwagon! First, from the NYT article:
Aicar signals to the cell that it has burned off energy and needs to generate more. The drug is “pretty much pharmacological exercise,” Dr. Evans said. He said the drugs worked off a person’s genetics, pushing the body to an improved set-point otherwise gained only by strenuous training. “This is not just a free lunch,” he said. “It’s pushing your genome toward a more enhanced genetic tone that impacts metabolism and muscle function. So instead of inheriting a great set-point you are using a drug to move your own genetics to a more activated metabolic state.”
Exercise, for me, works as a stress reducer and helps with my depression symptoms. Gardening, walking, hiking, cycling and rollerblading are all forms of meditation for me, and I love that sweaty and triumphant feeling that comes with a good workout. Plus, my husband and I don’t just powerwalk or hike together, we spend quality time with each other. Can a pill offer all that?
[I]f it raises your metabolism, how does it affect your lifespan? Would you age faster too? There are very few people who wouldn’t take the easy way out. Even Jillian Michaels admits that she hates working out but the results are worth it. I admit that if I thought I could get the effects of exercise while just working at my computer, I would seriously give it some consideration.
Cranky Fitness says:
Perhaps it’s because getting the benefits of exercise without actually suffering through it seems like cheating. It strikes me as somehow “unfair”–in a way that taking an antibiotic to keep from dying of an nasty infection does not.
If we’ve been doing our exercise all these years, especially if we’ve done a lot more than we felt like doing, then we should get credit! And people who skipped out and didn’t bother should be punished, right?
Like Rachel, I exercise for stress relief and my health and I enjoy it. But it’s a struggle for me to find time to work out three days a week; when I’m teaching in addition to my full-time job, my free time becomes almost nonexistent; I do feel I should exercise more—not for weight loss, but for the sake of fitness, endurance, and all of that good stuff. I wouldn’t give up my exercise routine, but would I supplement it with a magical metabolism enhancing pill? I’d definitely think about it.
What do you say?
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