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Exercising is about to get a whole lot easier.

According to research published in Cell Metabolism and Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, scientists are one step closer to developing "exercise pills."

Researchers at the University of Sydney studied four "untrained, healthy males following 10 minutes of high intensity exercise" to discover 1,000 molecular changes that take place in the body during exercise.

"While scientists have long suspected that exercise causes a complicated series of changes to human muscle, this is the first time we have been able to map exactly what happens," co-author of the paper Dr. Nolan Hoffman said in a statement. "This is a major breakthrough, as it allows scientists to use this information to design a drug that mimics the true beneficial changes caused by exercise."

Their research proves that unlike most drugs that target individual molecules, the exercise pill will have to target multiple molecules.

"Our research has provided the roadmap to figure this out," said the head of the study Professor David James.

But those physically able to exercise shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet.

Ismail Laher, a professor at the University of British Columbia and co-author of the second paper titled "Exercise Pills: At the Starting Line," says the pills are more ideal for people unable to exercise traditionally like amputees or stroke victims.

"I want to be clear that really there is no way to replace routine exercise with an exercise pill," Laher told The Washington Post. "Exercise requires your heart rate to go up, blood to flow faster, and you cannot do that with an exercise pill… but in particular groups, it's the next best thing."

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