Resistance Training May Help Astronauts on Long Space Flights
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Resistance training should help astronauts stay in shape during long space flights, says a new study from Ball State University.



Newswise - Resistance training should help astronauts stay in shape during long space flights, says a new study from Ball State University.

Astronauts may be able to negate the loss of muscle strength and size caused by long durations in space with just a few regular sessions of high-intensity resistance training, according to the results of the study recently published in the Journal of Physiology.

Ball State researchers made the discovery after creating an artificial space environment, which mimics zero gravity environments, by having 12 participants confined to their beds for 84 consecutive days. During the study, six members participated in regular exercise sessions while the other six did nothing.

The non-exercise group lost 17 percent of leg muscle size and 40 percent of leg strength. Members of the exercise group performed four sets of squats every third day, allowing them to maintain muscle size and strength.

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