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The body, a record-breaking machine


Vhurry, hurry, hurry! So many records, so many victories – over oneself or over others – so many things accomplished in one minute in the history of sport. The body is a formidable machine, able to run, as Usain Bolt can do, with the 100 meters in 9’58, (or 656 meters in one minute if we were to believe his Olympic record); strong to complete 44 pull-ups over the bar, again in 60 seconds, a muscular performance by Yeo Kim Yeong, a Singaporean who recently entered the Guinness Book of Records; capable of climbing a bicycle at 21 km/h, like the Spaniard Iban Mayo (record holder), the ascent of the dreaded Mont Ventoux at an average distance of 400 meters per minute.

Does the human body have no limits? A healthy body has surprising resources; in the first place, those of activating all the vital functions without ever noticing it. Thus, always in one minute, a heart beats on average 70 times in an adult, around 40 to 50 times in trained athletes and… between 24 and 26 times at rest for Martin Fourcade, multi-medal winner tricolor athlete, ex-biathlon champion, who had revealed a snapshot of his heart rate monitor in 2016. One of the lowest heart rates, almost as strong as freedivers!

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And besides, still in our reference minute, the heart pumps 5.5 liters of blood, and diffuses them in the 100,000 kilometers that constitute the total length of the blood vessels (arteries, veins and capillaries, incredible, right?) . All this while being in good shape, of course!

Are you still hesitating to (re)take the direction of the gym? In 60 seconds, four different thoughts will cross your brain, there should still be one to motivate you! Because in terms of fitness, here too everything is accelerating, to the point of offering 3-minute sessions (knee raises, jumps, lunges, squats, etc.) each of which relieves at least 200 calories.

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Nicolas Bordereau, 23, has been particularly diligent, since last year he smashed the world record for abs, becoming the undisputed king of chocolate bars: 8,004 in one hour, or around 134 per hour. minute. In this same period of time, with an average of 16 breaths per minute, the body takes in 8 liters of air, produces 0.7 ml of saliva (1.5 liters per day) and blinks 10 to 20 times the eyes… unconsciously. Other impressive performances: the goal of prodigy marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge who managed the feat of dropping below the mythical two-hour mark to run 42.195 km (1 h 59 min 40 s) in Berlin. Or finally that of Julia Hawkins who set a new world record for the 100 meters at the Louisiana Senior Games: just over a minute (1’02”95). But at 105 years old, it opens up a few perspectives… There’s no denying that playing sports keeps you going!

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