Self-isolation during a coronavirus pandemic can reduce the number of patients, but it can also have a negative effect on overall fitness and mental health of Russians, VM.RU reports. A cosmonaut, Pavel Vinogradov, spent a total of 546 days in orbit for 22 hours and 31 minutes and is ready to give advice on how to keep fit during quarantine.
According to the cosmonaut, even without a gym, you can perform basic exercises, even if everything you have is your own body weight. The appropriate training techniques were developed at the cosmonaut training centre. Before the flight, they are taught special physical training skills, because in orbit they will have to train throughout the many months of the mission. The cosmonaut noted that the main thing is desire and will.
“There are simple exercises available to anyone. You can squat 50-60 times in the morning and as much in the evening, and this will be enough to normalize muscle tone. Exercise is both very simple and very effective,” he added.
At the same time, according to the astronaut, not only the physical form is important, but also the psychological one. There is no need to panic or go to despondency. People spend in orbit, in isolation, in a confined space for 300-400 days, and this is not the limit. He said that there are a lot of professions that require discipline and endurance, for a long time in very cramped conditions, for example, submariners and polar explorers.