Today I went for my first Spring swim and marvelled at what my body could do and at how amazing it felt to swim laps. I think it’s one of my main reasons for loving swimming so much: every time I swim, I become overwhelmed with gratitude. I can now get in a pool, swim laps without having to count every single one, stop and take a breather if I want to, don’t have to go at any particular speed, can get out whenever I feel like it and, best of all, don’t have to avoid eating afterwards. In fact, it’s one of the first things I do now! So as I was swimming and mulling over ideas for blogs, I thought this: our bodies are amazing. YOUR body is amazing. They do many, many things for us and really, most of the time we don’t even realise it. So hopefully, this blog post serves as a reminder of all your body does for you … and makes you very appreciative of that!
- When you smile, you’re exercising at least 17 muscles. 17!
- A quarter of the oxygen used by your body is actually used by your brain
- Your heart beats around 1000000 times a day. To keep you alive. To allow you to move and breathe and be and do. Impressive, huh?
- The lungs contain over 300,000 million capillaries (tiny blood vessels). If they were laid end to end, they would stretch 2400km.
- In 30 minutes, the average body gives off enough heat (combined) to bring almost 2 litres of water to boil.
- The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica
- One human hair can support 99g – about the size of two full size chocolate bars. Rapunzel is actually a plausible story after all!
- You get a new stomach lining every three to four days.
- Sneezes regularly exceed 160 km/ph
- Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
- The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue. Makes sense really, given we use it to talk, eat and swallow.
- You use 200 muscles to take one step. 200! And on average, we take around 10,000 steps a day. We need fuel in the form of food for that, my friends!
- Humans are the only animal to produce emotional tears.
I know sometimes it’s hard to believe it, particularly when our bodies are run down or exhausted, or when we’re sick and feel unwell or can’t run as far as we would like, or when we injure ourselves and the injury takes far longer than we’d like for it to recover … But our bodies are amazing. They do so, so very much for us and we don’t even realise. It’s astounding how strong and able our bodies can be when we look after them and fed them well. Of course there are things that can go wrong with our bodies that are unexplainable – but they’re still amazing. They still fight for us. And they’re still on our side – they aren’t our enemy. Yes, we are riddled with flaws and imperfections – but we ALL are. It’s part of the human condition. None of us are perfect, and none of us can ever be. So don’t our bodies deserve to be treated with respect? Don’t our bodies deserve to be fed adequately? Don’t our bodies deserve to be treated as important? I think so! Because YOU are valuable, so is your body and it deserves to be treated as thus.
Have I convinced you yet?
What are you thankful to your body for today?
Love, Bek X
P.S – check out some more excellent facts here!