11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Muscles from 11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Muscles

11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Muscles

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11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Muscles

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If you want stronger muscles you need to eat the right foods – proteins, veggies, healthy fats. You should lift weights, use the proper technique, perform resistance training exercises, and always make sure that you warm up.

*Related: 14 Ways Lifting Weights Will Change Your Life

The morning after an intense weight training session can result in muscle soreness. It’s important to stretch, increase your protein and carb consumption, do cardio to warm up your muscles and stay hydrated.

Did you know that to take one step you’re using 200 muscles or that it takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown? Continue reading to find out things that you probably never knew about your muscles.

You’re muscles grow while you sleep

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Your body is constantly breaking down and rebuilding muscle. However, it builds muscles most commonly two times a day, right after your workout and during sleep. While you sleep your body produces growth hormone, which aids in muscle growth.

It is easier to gain muscle than to lose it

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It is fairly easy to get in shape and build muscle, all it takes is time at the gym and training sessions. The good news is that if it took you a month to develop a muscle, it will take about two months for that muscle to go back to its original size/strength.

The largest muscle in your body is…

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The Gluteus Maximus. It keeps the truck of the body in an upright posture. It helps maintain knee joint and extension, while also extending and laterally rotating the hip joint.

Muscles provide body heat

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They make up approximately 70 percent of your body heat. Muscle contractions create heat by energy that is produced in the muscle tissue.

Your muscles contract when you feel cold

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Cold air causes your muscles to contract and increase tone, while hot weather conditions relax your muscles.

Muscles burn more calories than fat

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Strength training is a must if you want to build muscle. It helps build muscle mass and burns more calories while you are at the gym and at rest. “10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories in a day spent at rest, while 10 pounds of fat would burn 20 calories,” according to WebMD.

It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown

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There are 43 muscles in the face, most of which are controlled by the cranial nerve (facial nerve). Seventeen of those muscles are used when you smile, and 43 of them are working when you frown.

The strongest muscle in your body is...

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Your tongue. It is always working – mixing process of foods, filtering out germs and constantly pushing saliva down the throat.

Muscles make up 30 to 40 percent of your body weight

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You have been hitting the gym hard, lifting weights and doing your best to tone up and lose fat. But every time you step on the scale, the number is the same. This could be because you are building muscle - 30 to 40 percent of a healthy person’s bodyweight is made up of skeletal muscle.

Your eye muscles move more than 100,000 times a day

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Your eye muscles are frequently moving, they readjust the positions of the eye constantly throughout the day. They help maintain a steady fixation point.

The hardest working muscles in your body are...

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Your heart muscles. Your heart pumps out two ounces of blood every heartbeat. Daily, it pumps at least 2,500 gallons of blood. The heart beats approximately 3 billion times in a person’s life.