On Earth, your weight on your bones provides a constant stress. You maintain your bone strength by doing regular daily activities like standing, walking, and running! In space, astronauts float – unloading that important stress and weakening their bones. Therefore they depend on nutritionists and strength and conditioning specialists to plan food menus and physical activities that will help them keep their bones as strong as possible while in space.
In this activity your team will perform jump training with a rope, both while stationary and moving, to increase bone strength and to improve heart and other muscle endurance.
Coordination, Balance, Endurance
- Perform jump training with a rope, both while stationary and moving, to increase bone strength and to improve heart and other muscle endurance
- Record observations about improvements in stationary and moving jump training during this physical experience in the Mission Journal
- Jump rope (one per student)
- Watch or stopwatch
- Optional equipment:
- heart rate monitor
- For students: Mission Journal and pencil
15-25 minutes per class