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NASA astronauts share their training on the ISS to help those who are isolated amid the coronavirus

Billions of people are being locked up to limit the spread of the coronavirus, forcing them to find creative ways to stay in shape at home – and a group that spends months in isolation has come to their rescue.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) posted a video on Twitter sharing their 250-mile training routine above Earth.

NASA’s Jessica Meir took the audience on a tour of their makeshift equipment, including a vacuum system resembling free weights, a bungee corded treadmill, and an exercise bike without a seat or handlebar.

“Studies have shown that exercise is vital only for your physical health, but also for your mental well-being,” Meir said in the clip.

“You may have to be a little creative to increase that heart rate at home without going to the gym, but we’re convinced you can think of something.”

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) posted a video on Twitter sharing their 250-mile training routine above Earth. NASA's Jessica Meir (pictured) took the audience on a tour of their makeshift equipment, including a vacuum system resembling free weights, a bungee corded treadmill (pictured), and an exercise bike without a seat or handlebar

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) posted a video on Twitter sharing their 250-mile training routine above Earth. NASA’s Jessica Meir (pictured) took the audience on a tour of their makeshift equipment, including a vacuum system resembling free weights, a bungee corded treadmill (pictured), and an exercise bike without a seat or handlebar

The coronavirus, which started in China in December 2019, has invaded about 20 percent of the world’s population, either by staying at home or by quarantining.

Almost every country is infected with the disease – there are more than a million cases in the world and the death toll exceeds 57,500.

During this anxious time, many are looking for ways to relieve stress and have started exercising.

However, being stuck at home can be hard to get a great workout, but Meir and her team shared their routine while also spending time in isolation.

On board the ISS is the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (aRED), which, according to Meir, is the crew's one-stop weight machine that uses two large vacuum tubes to generate the resistance

On board the ISS is the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (aRED), which, according to Meir, is the crew's one-stop weight machine that uses two large vacuum tubes to generate the resistance

On board the ISS is the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (aRED), which, according to Meir, is the crew’s one-stop weight machine that uses two large vacuum tubes to generate the resistance

The system uses a piston and flywheel system to simulate free weight exercises in normal gravity to train all major muscle groups through squats, deadlifts and calf raises. Astronauts have seen similar results to using free weights

The system uses a piston and flywheel system to simulate free weight exercises in normal gravity to train all major muscle groups through squats, deadlifts and calf raises. Astronauts have seen similar results to using free weights

The system uses a piston and flywheel system to simulate free weight exercises in normal gravity to train all major muscle groups through squats, deadlifts and calf raises. Astronauts have seen similar results to using free weights

Exercising in space poses unique challenges, but without exercise, astronauts can lose up to 15 percent of their muscle mass, part of which is permanent.

On board the ISS is the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (aRED), which, according to Meir, is the crew’s one-stop weight machine that uses two large vacuum tubes to generate the resistance.

The system uses a piston and flywheel system to simulate free weight exercises in normal gravity to train all major muscle groups through squats, deadlifts and calf raises.

Astronauts have seen similar results to using free weights.

“While aRED’s main goal is to maintain muscle strength and mass, resistance exercise also helps astronauts increase stamina for physically demanding tasks such as spacewalks, NASA said in a statement.

The crew should also do some cardiovascular exercises, which are done with a small treadmill or exercise bike, but they are different from what you see in your own gym.

The crew should also do some cardiovascular exercises, which are done with a small treadmill or exercise bike, but they are different from what you see in your own gym. NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan (pictured) is tied in a harness tied with bungee cords

The crew should also do some cardiovascular exercises, which are done with a small treadmill or exercise bike, but they are different from what you see in your own gym. NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan (pictured) is tied in a harness tied with bungee cords

The crew should also do some cardiovascular exercises, which are done with a small treadmill or exercise bike, but they are different from what you see in your own gym. NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan (pictured) is tied in a harness tied with bungee cords

Another piece of equipment is the team's exercise bike (photo), which has no seat or handlebar. Andrew Morgan holds the handles on the wall to stay on the bike

Another piece of equipment is the team's exercise bike (photo), which has no seat or handlebar. Andrew Morgan holds the handles on the wall to stay on the bike

Another piece of equipment is the team’s exercise bike (photo), which has no seat or handlebar. Andrew Morgan holds the handles on the wall to stay on the bike

The ship’s treadmill is designed to run astronauts without vibrating the equipment.

It is also equipped with a harness that is connected with bungee cords, which keep the runner in place while in gravity.

“One of the interesting things we want to point out to people on the ground is that it’s a bicycle, but we don’t have a seat and we don’t have a handlebar,” Meir said as she strapped to the bike and grabbed handles on the wall confirmed.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent nearly a year on the ISS, has also provided his best advice for surviving isolation.

The retired astronaut spent a total of 520 days in the space station, and its longest mission lasted 340 days from March 27, 2015 to March 1, 2016.

NASA flight engineers Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir flank Expedition 62 Commander Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos for a playful portrait in the weightless environment of the International Space Station. The team hopes that their message will help people on Earth in this difficult time of isolation

NASA flight engineers Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir flank Expedition 62 Commander Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos for a playful portrait in the weightless environment of the International Space Station. The team hopes that their message will help people on Earth in this difficult time of isolation

NASA flight engineers Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir flank Expedition 62 Commander Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos for a playful portrait in the weightless environment of the International Space Station. The team hopes that their message will help people on Earth in this difficult time of isolation

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) science and engineering laboratory orbiting 400 kilometers above Earth

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) science and engineering laboratory orbiting 400 kilometers above Earth

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) science and engineering laboratory orbiting 400 kilometers above Earth

Kelly says he missed the most during his year on the ISS: getting outside, especially the smell, sound and nature.

He also says people should follow a schedule, have a hobby, keep a journal, watch TV shows, and “get enough sleep” when they are forced to stay indoors.

He said other astronauts on the ISS would play recordings of Earth noises, such as birds and looping trees to bring themselves back to Earth.

“I actually started to crave nature – the color green, the smell of fresh dirt, and the feeling of warm sun on my face,” he told the New York Times.

“You don’t have to train two and a half hours a day, like astronauts do, but moving once a day should be part of your quarantine schedule (just stay at least two feet away from others),” he added.

WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION?

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $ 100 billion (£ 80 billion) science and engineering laboratory orbiting 400 kilometers above Earth.

It has been permanently manned by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.

Research aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions in low Earth orbit, such as low gravity or oxygen.

ISS studies have conducted research in human research, space medicine, life sciences, natural sciences, astronomy and meteorology.

The U.S. space agency NASA spends approximately $ 3 billion (£ 2.4 billion) annually on the space station program, a funding level endorsed by the Trump administration and Congress.

A U.S. committee of the United States House of Representatives overseeing NASA has begun to consider extending the program beyond 2024.

Alternatively, the money could be used to accelerate planned human space initiatives to the Moon and Mars.

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