Aren’t our bodies just incredible things?! Home to our muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, organs and nerves how much do you really know about your body?
Here are some fun facts all about our muscles, how many of these did you already know? Comment below:
1️. Your body contains more than 600 muscles, that’s right 600. Mind. Blown. Right?!
2️. The strongest muscle, based on its size, is the MASSETER (in your jaw) which can close your teeth 🦷 with a force as great as 200 POUNDS on your molars
3️. The largest muscle in your body is the gluteus maximus
4️. The smallest muscle in your body is found in your inner ear
5️. Muscles make up about 40% of your total body weight
6️. The MOTOR COMPLEX on the right side of the brain controls the muscles on the left side of the body, while the motor cortex on the left side controls the muscles on your right side
The brain sends movement signals through the spinal cord and out through the peripheral nervous system in your muscles
7️. Muscles usually work in pairs. When one shortens, its corresponding muscle lengthens. E.G. bicep curls - when you curl your arm up so the bicep is shorter, the tricep on the other side of your arm is straightened out
8️. Muscles can’t PUSH, they can only PULL. E.G. When you’re pushing a door open, for instance, your muscles are actually pulling your elbow and shoulder against the door
9️. Some of your busiest muscles are those controlling eye movements
10. The hardest working muscle in your body is your heart pumping on average 2500 gallons of blood a day!
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