The 3 Basic Functions of the Muscular System

The muscular system in your body, apart from making you look good, has a lot of other functions as well. The nest time you walk up to your gym and exercise, remember that you’re not just helping yourself look good but also are helping your muscle perform those vital functions seamlessly and without any problems.

3 Basic Functions

1. Motion and Movement of substances within the body

When you drink water a series of muscles begin to work when your brain signals that you need to swallow it. The upper and the lower muscles work in perfect co-ordination and harmony with the upper and lower muscles contracting and expanding alternately to let the water in. Sounds interesting right?

This is how muscles help in movement of substances within the body. Take the classic case of blood pumping, where the cardiac muscles pump fresh blood away from the heart and pulls in the ‘bad’ blood. The skeletal muscles mainly help with motion. The arm muscles help you lift up things and the leg muscles help you walk or sit or run.

2. Stabilizing Body Position

If you can stand on two legs – the credit goes to the muscular system to help you stabilize your body position and help you stand. If the muscles did not work that way and help you stand or run, stabilized, we would be still running on all fours! That is the importance of the muscular system. It provides a mass and the momentum required to stand or for that matter, perform any action.

The muscular system, if well-developed and balanced, helps you attain the most difficult stretching positions that the human body can achieve – the classic example being gymnastics where athletes can perform extreme positions by stretching out! That is again, possible for the stabilizing power of the muscles.

3. Thermogenesis

The body’s ability to bear cold conditions depends on thermogenesis. Heat production in animals is generally known as thermogenesis which happens generally in warm blooded animals. The muscles and fats on them produce sufficient heat to keep the body temperature stable and hence our temperature does not fluctuate much. Had the temperature fluctuating, we wouldn’t have survived in extreme heat or cold conditions even for a few seconds.

These three functions of muscles are vital for the human body’s functioning. Therefore too much of muscle abuse (injury) may lead to irreparable damages that is sure to harm us. Specific exercise and proper care should be taken with proper diet which replenishes the energy and helps the body to heal injures. Similar on the lines, a good and balanced diet with proper exercise will boost your immunity system which will also help keep diseases at bay.

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