No Motivation to Exercise? There's a Pill for That
Welcome back to FitChatter! This week in the news: researchers are developing a new pill that does the seemingly impossible: it gives you the motivation to exercise!
There’s a pill for just about everything these days. Got a headache? Pop a pill. High blood pressure? Pop a pill. Allergies? You know the drill.
But up until this point, there’s one thing that modern medicine hasn’t been able to conjure up a pill for: exercise. I mean, there’s no way that you can put exercise in pill form, right? There are diet pills, yes; but when it comes to fitness, there’s just no substitute for getting up and moving your muscles yourself.
However, though there may never be a way to bottle up exercise into little capsules, researchers are working hard on developing the next best thing: a pill that gives you the motivation to work out.
Arguably the hardest part of getting into a stable exercise routine, motivation (well, the lack thereof) has long been a stumbling block for would-be Weight Watchers spokespeople. It’s one thing to want to lose weight – it’s another thing entirely to change the rhythm of your days and weeks to include visits to the gym or a workout DVD. I’ve been trying to do it myself for months, with...mixed results. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot better – there hasn’t been more than a week in the last two months that has gone by without at least one workout – but I’ll be the first to tell you: motivation is tough to come by, even when you know the good that will result.
All that is to say: working out? Easy. Getting motivated? Not so easy. So that’s why this new pill seems like something of a miracle for dieters everywhere.
But how does it work?
As the research is still new, details are admittedly scarce at this point, but here’s the story: A team of Swiss researchers recently discovered that elevated levels of the hormone erythropoietin (Epo for short) caused mice to be more motivated to exercise.
As of now, that’s pretty much all that’s known about the project – but it does seem promising. Though anything that alters brain chemistry should be used with caution, it certainly seems to me that this could potentially be a better alternative to diet pills with alarming side effects. This pill, at least, encourages people to be active, instead of passively hoping the weight will melt off on its own.
So while finding motivation from within should always be the first course of action, this pill could be a good backup plan for those of us who find it difficult to summon up the motivation to hit the gym.