7 Facts About Your Muscles
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1. Your muscles can be up to 70 percent water, says Monica Nelson, American Council on Exercise-certified
2. Muscle tissue makes up 35 to 40 percent of your body weight, says Nelson. So keep this in mind before jumping to conclusions when you hop on the scale. BEWARE: How The Gym Can Make You GAIN Weight
3. For every pound of muscle, the average person can burn up to 50 extra calories, says Nelson. Hmm, suddenly that number on the scale doesn't seem so bad...
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4. Using heavier weights in your exercises won't necessarily make your muscles stronger. In order to make strength gains, practicing good form should be at the top of your get-fit list, says fitness expert Suzanne Bowen, creator of BarreAmped.
PLUS: How Can I Tell If My Weights Are Heavy Enough?
5. While you can't target
6. A single step uses almost 200 different muscles, says Nelson, including your hamstrings, quads, iliacus, and psoas major and minor.
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7. Your muscles memorize movement