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The Washington Post has a story about how medical researchers are developing compounds that can be turned into drugs that “could stimulate the body into producing some of the same effects of exercise - more endurance and weight control, for example - without the need to run a single step.”

The story says that scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, “have been working since 2007 on a chemical compound, known as 516, that mimics the effects produced by exercise by triggering a specific genetic circuit.” And there are other scientists at other institutes working on similar initiatives.

According to the Post, the focus of such research is to help “people with muscle-wasting diseases and movement disorders, the frail, the very obese and post-surgical patients (who) are among those who face a significant challenge when it comes to working out.”
KC's View:
While this kind of pill probably will be targeted initially at people who can’t exercise, it probably won’t be long before some version is available to people who don’t have the time or inclination. Not sure this is progress, but so it goes.