Training Like an Astronaut-Becoming Part of Something Big
Last week I mentioned the Train Like an Astronaut Program I have become a participant in. Now I have more details, boy do I!
Holy freaking Space Mountain Batman, this program is SOOOOO MUUUUUCH more than I ever anticipated!
Directed by Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology Deborah Feltz of Michigan State University and led by Doctoral candidate Alison Ede, I had no idea the extent of this program.
I do now, and this just might be the coolest thing I have ever been a part of!
As a NSBRI, (National Space Biomedical Research Institute) program I did a little bit of research to write this post and this is what I found-
The Institute leads a national effort to conduct the integrated, critical path, biomedical research necessary to support long-term human presence, development and exploration of space and enhances life on Earth by applying the resulting advances in human knowledge and technology.
Vision for NSBRI:
NSBRI will continue to be a world leader in translational space biomedical research, and is committed to achieving its mission using innovative science, technology, education and management strategies having high impact for all stakeholders. The Institute will remain focused on developing safe and effective countermeasures and technologies that substantially reduce significant biomedical risks associated with human space travel. These discoveries not only ensure crew health, but they also improve life on Earth.
By engaging a diverse, open community of outstanding scientists, engineers, clinicians and educators to work on peer-reviewed projects in integrated teams, and by using the resources available through leading institutions, NSBRI can achieve its mission while inspiring the next generation of space life scientists. The Institute strives to be the focal point of, and a major resource for, NASA-sponsored space biomedical research and education in the United States. Through international cooperation and collaboration, NSBRI also aims to serve as a leading space biomedical institute among space-faring nations.
The Institute continues to embrace core values that have guided its maturation from inception. These values are:
Improving life on Earth, now talk about a noble cause, the more I learn about the program the more I am stoked to even be a small part of this research.
If you remember from the last couple of blog posts I was sharing the story of the minor knee operation I had in early December. I should retract the minor because any surgery is never minor, but you get what I am saying. It was not a heart transplant, it was a torn Meniscus, and minor is an adjective trying not to be too big of a pansy, anyways.
When I saw the ad for this program I thought “hey, this would be cool to rehab the knee and give me a goal, and maybe be kind of cool.” Being a stationary bike series of workouts would be a good thing. And structure for an OCD kind of person, well let’s just say it’s right up my personal compulsive alley.
I know for a fact that structure is a great way to keep your focus and meet your goal even if you are not OCD like me.
Now that my physical is complete, (needed my doctors approval, that proverbial age thing) the initial evaluations are done, the first four exercise sessions are done, it is time to get the real ball rolling. Monday we begin the six days a week for twenty four weeks program.
I am so impressed with the thoroughness and detail that this study has shown me in my short experience, WOW would be an understatement! Having the opportunity to share my feelings and self-improvement through this program is a blessing. And truly, since cardio has never been one of my favorites, it gets me into a completely different environment.
I look forward to inspiring you to become motivated to join something new and exciting through some short posts.
Dang, Improving Life on Earth, now that’s what Middle Living is all about.
Stay tuned, this Cub Scout astronaut is ready for lift off!