It might sound like something out of a comic book, but researchers at Harvard Medical School think they might have found a way to boost exercise through medication, which might make for an interesting addition to programs for medical weight loss New Jersey in the future.
Scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School discovered a key protein in muscle that is responsible for the health benefits associated with exercise. This is a compound membrane in protein cells that when stimulated can improve blood sugar levels and enhance weight loss. Scientists called this protein Irisin, after the Greek messenger god Iris.
Researchers can only speculate the effects that stimulating Irisin would have on the human body, as their studies have been limited to mice as of yet. However, Irisin is believed to convert traditional white blood cells into brown fat, which is a type of adipose tissue that will regulate the temperature of the body while burning energy—making it easier for you to burn fat.
With the ability to burn calories, moderate blood sugar levels and improve muscle health, it sounds like this would produce super humans, not just super fit people! Well before you push Captain America aside; know that it is going to be a number of years before this type of medication is approved for public use—if it is ever approved.
Be Your Own Turbo Boost
You don’t need to wait for a pill to start increasing your activity and becoming more physically fit. Pull your sneakers and gym shorts out of the closet and get ahead of the game by adding fitness to your lifestyle now.
Here are three of the biggest problems a lot of people encounter when they start working out. By acknowledging these struggles and learning the steps to overcome them, you can add more activity to your existing medical weight loss efforts.
- Unrealistic Goals: If you have not gone running since grade school, then stepping onto the treadmill with expectations that you are going to run for an hour is unrealistic. You need to work up to those goals, and there is no shame in that. Instead of setting the bar too high, decide that you are going to run for 5 minutes and then walk for 10 or 15. Eventually you will be able to run for an extended period of time. Don’t push yourself too quickly.
- Lack of motivation: Stay motivated by keeping track of your progress in a journal. Find music that you enjoy listening to as you work out so that you can stay energized while you are at the gym.
- Overly Ambitious: Don’t set out to do too much when you are at the gym. Trying to do weight lifting, cardio and an abdominal workout to boot in one gym session is too much. Set a plan for your workout. Do cardio for 25 minutes and then workout your upper body for another 20 minutes or so. Taking on too much can make it a workout unpleasant.