Navigation Links
Fueling fitness on the final frontier
Date:5/21/2013

Think keeping in shape is an uphill battle? Try staying fit in space, where living quarters are cramped and prolonged weightlessness withers muscle and bone.

That's the challenge a group of Michigan State University researchers will address with a new three-year, $1.2 million grant from NASA. Their goal is to keep astronauts motivated to exercise during multiyear exploratory missions.

"You could give astronauts the best exercise regimen there is, but if you can't get them to stick to it, it isn't going to help," said project leader Deborah Feltz, University Distinguished Professor of kinesiology at MSU.

The same round of NASA funding includes a separate grant of $1.2 million for psychology professor Steve Kozlowski and colleagues to study teamwork in space.

Based on Feltz's previous findings that virtual partners can improve a person's motivation to exercise, the researchers will create and test software to see what type of computer-generated workout partner is most effective.

The project is part of a broader NASA effort to help space crews work together effectively and maintain their health during the long voyages the agency plans for the coming decades. A manned flight to Mars, for instance, has moved from the pages of science fiction to the national science agenda; NASA aims to have astronauts orbit the red planet in the early 2030s.

Feltz said the health challenges of space travel are evident at the International Space Station, where astronauts typically spend six months at a time.

"If they don't do the exercises they need to do up there, they come back with significant bone loss, muscle loss and lost cardiovascular function," she said. "You don't need that stuff as much in a weightless environment, but you sure need it here."

The psychological benefits of exercise will be particularly important for a crew flying millions of miles through space in a home about the size of a moving van.

"In addition to the physical and performance benefits of exercise, many crew members report it helps with psychological stress as well," said project partner Lori Ploutz-Snyder, NASA's lead exercise physiologist at the Johnson Space Center and a former MSU postdoctoral fellow.

"The crew will need to exercise in the same room on the same equipment every day for up to three years," she added. "There is an obvious need to make this exercise fun and challenging, and to keep the crew motivated under these unusual circumstances."

Also working on the project are Norbert Kerr, professor of psychology at MSU; James Pivarnik, MSU professor of kinesiology and epidemiology; and Brian Winn, co-director of MSU's Games for Entertainment and Learning Laboratory.


'/>"/>

Contact: Andy McGlashen
andy.mcglashen@cabs.msu.edu
517-355-5158
Michigan State University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Fueling nuclear power with seawater
2. New study: Raisins as effective as sports chews for fueling workouts
3. Biologists map rare case of fitness-reducing interaction in nuclear, mitochondrial DNA
4. Amiigo Unveils Fitness Tracker That Knows What Exercise Youre Performing
5. Fitness for toad sperm: The secret is to mate frequently
6. Green leaf volatiles increase plant fitness via biocontrol
7. Traumatic mating may offer fitness benefits for female sea slugs
8. Iron, vitamins could affect physical fitness in adolescents
9. Cardio fitness levels of breast cancer patients may affect survival
10. Final chapter to 60-year-old blood group mystery
11. WPI Biomedical Technology in final 4 of international business plan contest
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... -- Ampronix facilitates superior patient care by providing unparalleled technology to leaders of the ... latest premium product recently added to the range of products distributed by Ampronix. ... ... ... Display- Ampronix News ...
(Date:5/12/2016)... 2016 WearablesResearch.com , a brand of ... results from the Q1 wave of its quarterly wearables ... consumers, receptivity to a program where they would receive ... insurance company. "We were surprised to see ... Michael LaColla , CEO of Troubadour Research, "primarily because ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... BANGALORE, India , April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... product subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: INFY ), and ... global partnership that will provide end customers with ... banking and payment services.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130122/589162 ... area for financial services, but it also plays a fundamental ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Houston ... with the Cy-Fair Sports Association to serve as ... the agreement, Houston Methodist Willowbrook will provide sponsorship ... and connectivity with association coaches, volunteers, athletes and ... with the Cy-Fair Sports Association and to bring ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... , ... Supplyframe, the Industry Network for electronics hardware design ... Located in Pasadena, Calif., the Design Lab’s mission is to bring together inventors ... and brought to market. , The Design Lab is Supplyframe’s physical representation of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Andrew D ... http://doi.org/10.17925/OHR.2016.12.01.22 Published recently in ... from touchONCOLOGY, Andrew D Zelenetz , discusses ... care is placing an increasing burden on healthcare ... therapies. With the patents on many biologics expiring, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 22, 2016  Amgen (NASDAQ: ... the QB3@953 life sciences incubator to accelerate ... The shared laboratory space at QB3@953 was created to ... key obstacle for many early stage organizations - access ... the sponsorship, Amgen launched two "Amgen Golden Ticket" awards, ...
Breaking Biology Technology: