Awe-inspiring secret moves
The human body really is amazing in so many ways. It can jump and run, dance and spin, and that’s just the physical side. But so many of the body’s awe-inspiring moves happen without assistance or even our knowledge. No matter how hard you try, these are the bodily functions that you just can’t control.
Your muscles are constantly ripping
This sounds like it hurts, and in some cases it does – the constant tearing of muscle tissue may be why you feel a bit sore after a workout. But, it’s also the key to developing more muscle strength. “Placing stress on muscle tissue, such as when weight training, causes tiny, microscopic tears in the muscle fibres, which are actually needed for muscle growth,” says Erin Palinski-Wade, a registered dietitian and author of 2 Day Diabetes Diet. “When at rest, the body works to repair and rebuild these torn fibres by fusing muscle fibres together to form myofibrils, or new muscle protein strands, that then increase in number and thickness to create growth of the muscle itself.” Still, you should listen to your body and not overdo it when exercising to prevent injury.
Your hair is falling out
If you have long hair, you might worry when you see so much of it clogging up your shower drain – but it’s totally natural for us to shed. “Most of us lose up to 100 hairs from our scalp every day, which is normal,” says family physician Jennifer Caudle, DO, an assistant professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. But according to the American Academy of Dermatology, excessive hair shedding, which may temporarily occur from physical or emotional stress, is different from hair loss, in which the hair actually stops growing. If you think you have excessive hair loss, see your doctor.