UBC drug development takes steps towards fitness in the form of a capsule

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For those living with spinal cord injuries and illnesses such as stroke and obesity, exercise pills could mimic some of the muscular benefits gained by a trip to the gym, says one UBC professor.

However, the emotional and cognitive benefits of exercise are harder to achieve without an old-fashioned workout, which means able-bodied adults may want to think twice before abandoning their workout plans, according to Ismail Laher, UBC Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

For Vancouver-based bodybuilder, coach and fitness blogger Samantha Shorkey, her hopes are that people will not forget about the positive mental benefits that come with regular exercise.

“I’m not really sure if I buy that this works… If this pill does produce the same high that you get from exercise, than I think people will love it. But it could also pose risks,” Shorkey says.

Laher agrees with Shorkey. “Exercise is probably the best…

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