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How many muscles in the human body are used each day?

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aheyob | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 20, 2009 at 10:33 PM via web

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How many muscles in the human body are used each day?

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mapriem | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 23, 2009 at 7:56 PM (Answer #1)

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There are 640 muscles in the human body.  Depending on what the activities are for an individual each day, one can estimate how many muscles are used.  A sedentary individual would obviously use fewer muscles than a very active person.  Our survival depends on our ability to adapt to the environment and this is where muscles and movement come in to the picture. Skeletal muscles  produce movement. Heat production is another function of skeletal muscles and maintain homeostasis of temperature. Posture is affected also.

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