I must say some of these really surprised me. Let's see how many of them have you heard. 1️⃣ A muscle cell is thinner than a single human hair but can support up to 1000 times it's weight. 😱
After all the job of muscle cells, also called myocytes, is to stabilize and move parts of the body. There are three types of muscle cell: skeletal - which help to move us through space; visceral - which line our intestines, organs, blood vessels and help to move the food throughout our digestive tract; and cardiac - the type of cells which make up the heart.
2️⃣ The more you sleep the more calories you burn. Strange right? Apparently your metabolism slows down the longer you stay awake because your brain attempts to preserve energy. 🤯
That being said, the goal is not to sleep all day but rather to have a regular sleeping cycles to avoid slowing down your metabolism together with a plethora of other problems that may arise from lack of sleep.
3️⃣ The human body has more than 650 muscles. The strongest one of them based in it's weight is the masseter (the one which closes your teeth when you're chewing). It can exert force up to 25kg. 😯
People who have a problem with clenching their teeth sometimes find solution in injecting botox in the muscle to help it relax.
4️⃣ Your heart is actually resting between every heart beat. For the length of the average life span the heart stays still for about 20 years. 🤯🤯🤯
Looking at this illustration of how the human heart works I can't help but feel in awe of how nature created us. This is just amazing!
5️⃣ Only 10% of people are successful at losing weight through diet alone. I guess it's gym time!🏋🏽♀️
This one speaks for itself. To be honest I don't like it when the only benefit which people link exercise to is losing weight. There is so much more to it. Improved sleep, better mood, increased cognitive performance, improved health markers and the social aspect of it are only a few of the numerous benefits of regular exercise.
6️⃣ 20% of the people in a survey said they believe that muscle will turn into fat if you stop exercising. Don't be one of them. Muscle and fat are totally different and they don't convert into one another. 🤓
The internet is full of myths and misconceptions regarding nutrition and exercise. Ensure to always check that what you are reading is actually true and backed up by science. Best read and educate yourself from the information you can find on reputable medical organisations' websites. ~~~~~
7️⃣ 1 kilogram of muscle burns 26.4 calories a day whereas 1 kilogram of body fat just 4.4 calories. 🙈
You might even wonder what does adipose tissue (body fat) do to burn 4.4 calories a day. Well it is involved in regulating energy balance, inflammatory response, food intake and satiety, storing energy for future needs and controlling the production and metabolism of steroid hormones like estrogen and testosterone.
~~~~~ Impressive right? Hope you learned something new.
Which one is these facts was most fascinating to you❓