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  • Basically, the concept behind exercise pills is mimicking the effects that actual physical exercise has on the body. Exercise makes muscle cells more active, increases glucose supply, improves oxygen absorption, develops new blood vessels, and increases the body’s capacity for more exercise.

    The real promise of exercise pills is not to replace exercise, Laher says, but to help people who have reduced muscle ability due to paralysis, obesity, stroke or spinal cord injuries. For those who aren’t physically able to exercise, the hope is that they can recover more muscle control when they use pills alongside physical therapy.

  • The exercise pills will make “muscles that are stronger and faster and [will help you] reach your exercise goals much quicker” according to Laher.

    According to Laher, the pills they were developing are not meant to be for those who are lazy and prefer to sit back and relax and let the pills do all the work. These exercise pills are actually being developed for people who have reduced muscle ability due to paralysis, obesity, stroke or spinal cord injuries. “For those who aren’t physically able to exercise, the hope is that they can recover more muscle control when they use pills alongside physical therapy,” as reported in Time.

  • Yes, you read it right. Exercise pills are currently being developed by scientists in the University of British Columbia in Canada, as reported by .

Exercise Pill: The Couch Potato's Dream? - Live Science

It sounds too good to be true and for now, it is. But what if some of the benefits of exercise could be packed into a pill? Scientists are beginning to develop “exercise pills” that show some potential, according to two published in the journal Trends in Pharmacological Sciences and another small study published in the journal .