The end of exercise?

I read a very promising and yet at the same time, a very troubling study today. A team of researchers at the University of Boulder have been experimenting with stem cells and wound healing. By injecting stem cells into the injured area, they were able to speed up the healing process and foster tissue regeneration. What they discovered next is where I get concerned. The mice in the study (I hate animal studies to begin with) not only healed, but increased their muscle mass in the injected areas – PERMANENTLY. That’s right. A single injection of stem cells into muscle seems to create a permanent increase in muscle mass in the injected muscle. Will this bring about the end of exercise? Will it bring fairness in sport to it’s knees? Will the future of sport be one of who can tolerate the greatest number of injections? Will running stores and gyms become obsolete? Will the barefoot running craze turn into the barefoot easy chair craze?

Although I am quite fond of the physiological benefits of my running fitness, the aspect of being athletic that I enjoy the most is the clear, calm, sharp and focused mental and emotional experience that is produced when I run. This cannot be created by an injection of stem cells… Or can it?

Here’s a story about this study
Here’s the study itself

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2 Responses to The end of exercise?

  1. Faith Jackson says:

    Good question, and certainly there will always be folks willing to take a risk to achieve what they think will be perfection. I see so many people now, seeking health and vitality through running and good nutrition, myself included, that surely they wouldn’t risk it on an injection. You my friend, keep injecting us all with encouragement. Everything begins with a thought and I thank God that you share yours with the world.

  2. wow…so compelling. agreed that animal studies need to end.

    but i like how you boil the insight down to how exercise is not just about building muscle! it’s soooo much more. stress relief, anti-depressant, relaxer, a way to get in lots of oxygen…yea i can’t even list them all.

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