Muscular System of the Human Body

Muscles work together with the skeleton in various ways to keep it well structured and help with the ease of movement. The movement is particular for pulling as well as there being more intricate variations of the human body movement.

Muscles heavily rely on and so are dependent on the nervous system to control them as well as blood circulation which provides them with the necessary aspects of energy and oxygen. In fact the actions of the muscles are controlled almost entirely by the nervous system.

Human Body Muscles

Human Body Muscles

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Muscle components are made up of the following:

  • Skeletal Muscles – these are attached to the bones
  • Smooth muscles – within the organs such as stomach
  • Tendons – (Sinew) connects muscles to the bones
  • Cardiac muscle of the heart

There are about 642 muscles in the human body with various sources suggesting even 700. Muscles comprise about two fifths of the body weight in total, becoming heavier in people who work out, thus making their muscles stronger, bigger and heavier. Invariable almost each muscle is part of a pairing meaning that there are 320 pairs of muscles altogether in the entire body. This area or research is however debatable with various interpretations questioning if certain muscles are classed as “single” or in “groups”. The muscles can be further broken down into specific categories relating to head and neck, torso, upper limbs and lower limbs.

Stable muscles (origin) are attached securely nearer the centre of the body and have little movement. The muscles which are known as insertion are placed around the peripheral part of the body, allowing more contraction i.e. movement.  Some muscles divide which allows them to attach themselves to different bones.

The three main types of muscles:

The first type of muscles we often refer to are in actual fact skeletal muscles, meaning that these particular sets of muscles join onto the skeleton and cause voluntary movement at our will so that these muscles are controlled by us. They move according to how we want them to.

The second type of muscle is known as smooth muscles, the name reflecting the appearance of the muscle which is smooth looking.  They exist in places such as airways, the stomach and the blood vessels. These muscles are involuntary as they work automatically compared to the skeletal muscles which are voluntary.

The third and final type of muscle is known as the cardiac muscle. This is because this muscle makes up the walls of the heart. As such the importance of this muscle is central to the main function of the heartbeat as it never tires because it continuously beats throughout our lifetime. This particular muscle is therefore automatic and constant. In appearance it is short and branching.

The names of muscles correspond to the type of move the muscle makes. For example: Erector Spinae is found in the backbone and the Flexor muscles, as the name flex suggests – bend a limb.

Furthermore the names of muscles are also classified by shape and size. For example the rhomboid major muscle is diamond shaped and the triangular shaped muscles are known as the deltoids.

Size is further used to distinguish between certain regions of a muscle. For example Gluteus minimus – small, Gluteus medius – medium and Gluteus maximus – large.

For healthy muscles consider the chart below:

Food for Muscles

Food for Muscles

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Overcoming Pride as One of the Seven Deadly Sins

In my original post, “Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins”, pride is the last yet the most strongest of the seven deadly sins. Pride is described as:

7. Pride: Latin: Superbia, Animal: Horse, Colour: Violet

Pride is the belief in yourself that you are far superior than everyone else. When consumed with this sin, you lose sight of your limitations and cannot be contained within your boundaries. Fine in small doses but dangerous in large situations.

Pride as 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

Pride as 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

So what exactly is PRIDE?

Pride is not simply a strong belief in oneself, as many would like to believe. Pride extends to the excess of vanity. It is all about thinking too highly of oneself. Pride is bearable in small doses, but when it extends beyond what is bearable, it becomes intolerable from another person’s point of view.

Various Definitions of Pride:

  • From Old English “pryde”
  • It means “excessive self-esteem”
  • Pride is another word for vanity
  • Originally Pride was used for a group of Lions
  • In acceptable terms it is a feeling of honour and respect.

Why is Pride classed as a Sin and by Whom?

Within Christianity, pride is the sin of all sins in that it is the basis from which all sins arise. Within this context, pride is therefore the severest of all the seven deadly sins. When an individual feels too much pride he has a tendency to look down on other people, viewing himself above all others. When this feeling occurs, according to religious teachings it is the beginning of sinful thoughts.

Pride compared to other Emotions:

Even though pride can be a good vice in that it encourages a person to be the best that they can be, it can be taken to extremes when a person thinks to highly of oneself. When the love for the self is taken to this extreme is becomes vanity and borders on narcissism. In extreme cases, vain people can end up spending too much time, effort and money on themselves thus neglecting the needs of others around them.  In such extreme cases simply being proud of oneself is taken beyond the realms of realistic behaviour to the extent of neglecting everything and everyone around you.

Overcoming Pride: 

  • Remember that a little bit of pride is certainly beneficial for you in that it encourages you to remain at your best, be it appearance, performance etc. This emotion is also perfectly natural to indulge in as you need it to succeed in life. After all a total lack of pride results in problems such as low self-esteem which leads to various other negative issues arising. So give yourself credit for keeping your pride in check!
  • So when does pride turn to vanity? The answer is quite simple – when you begin to neglect everything else in your quest to be the very best – even to the extent of trying to be the best at any cost! Even you are aware of this vanity overwhelming your every desire. Beware when pride begins to overwhelm you in this manner.
  • Recognize pride for what it is and that is its ability to harm your kind thoughts towards other people. This feeling can be so overwhelming that it makes you behave almost despicably when you begin to look down on other people as you genuinely believe you are better than them one way or another. People seize to mean anything to you.
  • Consider that when you indulge in the sin of pride and succumb to its allure, you in effect waste resources and time trying to be your best at all costs. Such waste does you no favours, instead leaves you feeling drained at the end of it all. Neither does it bring you happiness as you are continuously under stress to achieve the best.
  • Focus on humility as this takes your attention away from the pride. Humility is actually the knowledge that you are indeed proud and trying to do something about it. It is an acknowledgement of the sin of pride. If you are religious, then humility maybe something you have already practised.
  • This last option is not usually recommended, but I have found over the years that a good sense of humour is useful in most situations. The ability to laugh at your own image or exaggerated sense of pride can help you to remain well-grounded and well rounded!

So there you have it – all about pride so be aware of how much pride you put into your life and how much can be detrimental.

The Seven Deadly Sins Series

This begins with “Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins

1. Overcoming Lust as One of the Seven Deadly Sins  |  2. Overcoming Gluttony as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |  3. Overcoming Greed as One of the Seven Deadly Sins | 4. Overcoming Sloth as One of the Seven Deadly Sins  | 5. Overcoming Wrath as One of the Seven Deadly Sins  | 6. Overcoming Envy as One of the Seven Deadly Sins

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Benefits of Drinking Plenty of Water

It is a well known fact that water is an essential part of our diet. Without food we can survive for quite a while, but remove the essential element of water and we literally do not stand a chance of surviving for long.

Here are a list of various benefits of keeping yourself topped up with this purity known as water.

1. Drinking Water Chart

Importance of Drinking Water

Importance of Drinking Water

Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the Human Body:

– 2 Glasses of Water after waking up – Helps activate internal organs

– 1 Glass of Water 30 minutes before a meal – Helps digestion

– 1 Glass of Water before taking a bath/shower – Helps lower blood pressure

– 1 Glass of Water before going to bed – Avoids stroke or heart attack  

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Drink More Water

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