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Bone Up on Muscle Facts

Things you may not have known

(HealthDayNews) -- Did you know that when you push against something with all your strength, the muscles you use all are actually arranged so that they are pulling?

That's why the adult human body has three times as many muscles as bones -- 656 muscles to 206 bones, according to Amazing Facts About Your Body, a book by Doubleday and Co.

Other miscellaneous facts about muscles:

  • The largest muscles in the body are the two in your buttocks that control your thigh bones.
  • Muscles make up about 42 percent of a man's body weight and about 36 percent of a woman's.
  • Your body's muscles are strongest at age 25 and begin to decline after that.
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