I am not the type to discriminate but I have to say I do have a favorite muscle. So it’s nothing personal. It’s not as though I don’t appreciate so many of these fleshy substances, which allow us to move, produce heat and so on…
There is one of these 850 little beasts that hold a special place in my heart, and it is a very cerebral love that I feel for this one muscle. I’ve thought it out, spoke about it with friends, colleagues and even my folks agree with me! What more can you ask for?
My favorite muscle is the Flexor Hallucis Longus! That’s it! I said it! Wow… I feel so much better! Now that you know which one is my favorite, I bet you want to know why… Allow me to explain!
An interest of mine is how we develop into the unbelievable humans that we are. What fascinates me are the steps that allow us to evolve from a newborn to a grown adult and how that actually takes place.
Humans are the only species that walks upright, in a cross-pattern. This means that we found a way to resist the pull of gravity and, all the while, we developed more coordination than any other mammal. Now that’s pretty impressive!
Walking upright in a cross-pattern is the first step to running… We could then say that it’s the first step to sports performance if your sport, somehow, involves moving your body in space at an appreciable speed!
From 0-1 month, a newborn moves, yet these movements are reflexive. The newborn does not control the arms and the legs but the arms and the legs do move. From 1 month onwards, if the newborn spends time on his stomach, these reflexive movements become voluntary as the newborn uses his arms and legs for locomotion. He is now interested in going from point A to point B.
Isn’t life about going from point A to point B?
Picture it: newborn is on his belly, bends one hip, knee and foot, DIGS HIS FOOT INTO THE GROUND and pushes himself forward…
The Flexor Hallucis Longus is the muscle used to initiate a sequence of muscle activations that allow baby to move. Our precious little thing is now taking part in the human experience as he is now, for the first time, engaging, on his own terms, with the world.
We connect with our surroundings, we share, and we feel. We live our lives the way we know them because of the Flexor Hallucis Longus. We crawl, we creep, we walk… it all starts with digging your foot in the ground, taking a stand and moving forward!