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Astrouts' exercise regime reveals how to stay fit

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, February 15: Astrouts on the Intertiol Space Station (ISS) are not only working out to keep their hearts healthy but also to generate data to advance knowledge of health and fitness on Earth, a SA research indicates. Researchers assessed exercise on longer spaceflights with the help of astrouts on the space station, measuring their oxygen consumption peak VO2 before, during and after missions of four to five months. Widely accepted as the best measure of cardiovascular fitness, VO2peak, also called VO2max, is a measure of peak oxygen uptake. That represents the highest amount of oxygen your body can use to produce energy during exercise. “Oxygen is used by cells to provide the energy to perform work and a more aerobically fit individual’s cells take up and use more oxygen,” said Meghan Downs, senior researcher at SA’s Exercise Physiology Laboratory in the US. The results showed that VO2peak decreased by an average of 17 percent by day 15 in space, but then gradually increased. Most astrouts never recovered their pre-flight V02peak levels during the mission but a few were able to maintain or even improve VO2peak during flight with frequent bouts of high-intensity exercise. (IANS)

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