For some of the same reasons that it’s important to exercise on Earth, it’s even more important to exercise in a microgravity environment. As students build their own podcasts about fitness, they can compare the purposes and benefits of exercising in both environments.
The NASA SCI Files™ The Case of the Physical Fitness Challenge educator guide includes lesson plans and activities that support national education standards to help students understand that a healthy lifestyle includes proper nutrition and daily physical activity.
► The Case of the Physical Fitness Challenge
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, works to prevent or solve health problems related to long-duration space travel and prolonged exposure to microgravity. The institute, established through NASA, has materials to supplement science, health and fitness education.
► NSBRI Educational Materials
Learn what NASA has done and is doing to keep astronauts healthy and strong.
Fit for Space Fact Sheets
Glenn’s Human Research Program Ensures Astronaut Health and Safety
Exercise Countermeasures Project
NASA has more resources that explain the importance of exercise and fitness.
Why do Workouts Work?
How Long Does It Take to Rebuild Bone Lost During Space Flight?
Space Biology FAQ
To Keep Fit in Space, Train Like an Athlete
The Body’s Muscles and Bones Video
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