Friday Fitness Fun Facts, Did You Know?

The human body is an amazing thing. So for our Friday entertainment today and because it’s always nice to take a bit of a lighter tact on Fridays, (And how did it get to be Friday again – it was just Halloween – I feel like someone hit the fast-forward button on the week!) here are a few fascinating and fun facts about your body.

The Brain

Your brain weighs about three pounds and all but 10 ounces of it is water. So, technically speaking, we’re all water heads and no one is an airhead.

If you stub your toe, it takes only 1/50th of a second for your brain to register the pain.

We’re all dim bulbs, because our brains use less power than 100-watt bulb.

Flex Your Face

It can take about 200,000 frowns to make a permanent wrinkle. So the next time you notice a wrinkle, smile and stop frowning, 200,000 frowns is more than enough!

We’re all Pinocchio’s. The cartilage in our noses doesn’t stop growing. We can expect to grow ½ inch longer and wider as we get older.

If we’re freckled, they stop appearing usually around the age of 19 or 20.

To speak just one word, you use 70 muscles – just one word – think about the workout someone doing a filibuster uses!

We have more than 200 taste buds on each of the small bumps on our tongue. 200! So when we’re savoring flavor, we’re definitely savoring.

Women have a far more developed sense of smell than men do and women really notice the difference in their sense of smell during pregnancy and after they’ve given birth to one child. According to some women, their sense of smell grows more acute with each child they have.

Our Bodies

When we breathe, the air passes through our nose at about 4 miles per hour and we breathe roughly 400 gallons of air every hour. It’s a good thing air is free.

We have about 18 square feet of skin. Our bones are about four times stronger than steel and they can endure 24,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. And it takes about 150 days for a nail to grow from our cuticles to our fingertips.

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.