If you’re curious about how the human body works, it’s well worth learning about the hundreds of muscles which help your body function on an everyday basis. To discover a list of fun facts about muscles, simply continue reading.
Interesting facts about muscles:
The smallest muscle is located in the human ear:
If you’re not sure whether the smallest muscle in your body is located, it’s located in your ear. The smallest muscle in the human body is the stapedius, which is less than a millimetre long and is responsible for controlling the vibration of the human body’s smallest bone the stapes. Which is also located in the human ear. The stape is also often referred to as the stirrup bone.
The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the human body:
The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the human body as well as the largest muscle in the human body. The reason why the gluteus maximus is so sizeable is that it’s primary role is to keep the human body upright. When you walk around, it’s your gluteus maximus which helps keep your body upright.
The strongest muscle based on size is your masseter:
While the stronger muscle in your body overall is your gluteus maximus, the strongest muscle in your body based on size is your masseter. Which is a muscle in your jaw.
Your leg muscles are the easiest muscles to build up:
The first part of your body to bulk up through diet and exercise are your legs. While one of the hardest areas to build up is your chest muscles.
There are three core types of muscles:
You may be surprised to learn that there are three different types of muscles in your body. Your smooth muscles, your cardiac muscles and your skeletal muscles. Your smooth muscles are your involuntary muscles which are responsible for involuntary movements such as pumping blood through your blood vessels. Your cardiac muscles are all located in your heart and your skeletal muscles are all attached to your bones and help you accomplish simple movements such as standing, sitting and walking.
There are over 600 muscles in your body:
There are actually over 600 unique muscles in your body. In comparison the human body only has 206 bones. So your body contains far more muscles than bones.
Your muscles are comprised of special cells:
Did you know that your muscles are comprised of special cells, called muscle fibres. All of your muscle fibres can contract or lengthen in order to help your body perform different exercises.
The average individual’s body weight is 40% muscle weight:
You may be shocked to learn that the average individual’s body weight is comprised of roughly 40% muscle weight.
Your heart is one of your body’s hardest working organs:
In a single day your heart will pump approximately 2,500 galloons of blood around your body.
In conclusion, if you love finding out more information about how your body works, hopefully you discovered a few fun and exciting facts about the hundreds of muscles in your body.