I have been wondering if there have been any serious proposed methods to try to recover some functions of gravity with electromagnetic forces for astronauts in space.

Fields generated in the floor of an exercise room, hallway, or work area, combined with clothing laced with metal strands, coils, or magnetic materials perhaps.

The intensity could be adjusted to individual needs.

While the questions below ask about magnetic boots for attachment, I'm asking here about providing some force to additional locations on a person to provide some additional things that real or artificial gravity can provide, examples might include maintenance of muscle tone, not having to hook your arms into something to keep them from floating up and getting in the way, aspects of sports, exercise, yoga, etc.

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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Could magnetic "boots" be used to simulate the effects of gravity for asteroid ships? $\endgroup$
    – Hobbes
    Feb 4, 2019 at 15:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Hobbes your physics arguments there are weak, one would not use a single dipole magnet under the floor. You've chosen the worst possible implementation to try to hand-wave the problem away. That's not good enough to be sure that nobody has looked into this, and I think you will find that people have indeed looked into this. So this is not a good close reason. Of course quickly closing the question will block people from posting answers that could show that there are. Why not leave it open and find out? $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Feb 4, 2019 at 16:07
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh good point on the tag. $\endgroup$ Feb 4, 2019 at 16:23
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    $\begingroup$ It's late and I can't write the meta question Are "would this work" and "has this been studied" the same thing? but I feel that the answer is no, they are different and should be treated differently. "I don't think it could work, therefore nobody could have ever proposed or studied it" is probably not the best rationalization for a close vote. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Feb 4, 2019 at 16:40
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    $\begingroup$ All right, I'm removing comments musing that it wouldn't work. That's not the point of the question, and if the intention is to provide a thorough examination of why the OP will not find any such proposals due to known limitations, the comment space is not for that. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage
    Feb 4, 2019 at 22:02


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