Your body is made up of more than 600 muscles. These muscles are responsible for keeping the body upright, pumping blood through your veins and many more things. You have three different types of muscle smooth, cardiac and skeletal which all serve a different importance within your body. When thinking about the healthy living journey it would be foolish to not acknowledge the importance of muscle and how it is built within your body. So today lets discuss the types of muscle you have and how it is built.
Cardiac muscle, is the muscle that makes up your heart. It operates by itself pumping your blood to different areas of your body. The muscle itself is also known as myocardium. The overall purpose of cardiac muscle is to keep blood flowing through the heart and body! Cardiac muscle is the smallest amount of muscle in your body.
Smooth muscle is found all over your body like in your digestive tract and stomach. They are known as an involuntary muscle, meaning that you can’t actually control its movement. These muscles are controlled by your brain and body unconsciously. Think of smooth muscles as the behind the scenes operators, they keep everything in your body running smoothly!
Skeletal muscle is the most popular muscle in your body and is usually the focus of most fitness goals. These muscles are made up of striated or striped muscles comprised of both light and dark fibers. Skeletal Muscles are consciously controlled, which means you have full control them. These specific muscles are what provide your body with strength and control, as well as give your body the power to lift and push things.
How is skeletal muscle built?
Skeletal Muscle is built by applying stress, muscle damage and metabolic stress. These fancy terms just mean that in order to build muscle you must get physical and challenge your muscles. Muscles add little fibers to their structure as you grow in strength. In order to properly add muscle to your body you must be able to balance nutrition and fitness.
So today go out and get physical! Whether it is going for a walk or participating in a Pilates class, get out of the house and activate those awesome muscles! ❤