Fun Facts about Your Muscles

Strength training needs to be part of your weekly routine (aim for 3 days a week for 20-30 minutes). 

Did you know…

  • A pound of fat takes up 18% more space than a pound of muscle. 
  • The strongest muscles in the body are the glutes (butt), soleus (under calf), heart (pumps 2 oz. blood per heart beat), tongue, and muscles in the jaw and uterus.
  • You use approximately 200 muscles to take one step. 
  • By the age of 80, sedentary people will lose about half of their muscle mass.
  • Adding a regular resistance training routine can increase your muscular strength from 20-40% (after several months of training). 
  • Lifting weights may be the best way to control fat around your waistline as you age (20 minutes, 3x a week according to a Harvard study).

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