A Health Quiz

Just for fun, see how you do! Try it WITHOUT google-ing the answers, yo! Geez.

1. How many muscles flex the elbow (think bicep curl)?

a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

d. 17

2. How many muscles make up the calf group (lower leg)?

a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

d. 17

3. Which is a greater weight-bearing exercise, walking or running?

a. Walking

b. Running

c. Walk-Run combo

d. Jogging

4. The correct exercise intensity for those with high blood pressure or on beta blockers for high blood pressure is:

a. 50-70%

b. 40-60%

c. 65-75%

d. It doesn’t matter, the beta blocker is taking care of everything, where’s the spin bike?

5. What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?

a. A strain is damage to a lesser degree than a sprain

b. A sprain requires surgery.

c. There is no real physiological difference.

d. A strain implies damage to a tendon, a sprain implies damage to a ligament

6. The signal for bone to develop is:

a. triggered by Calcium

b. triggered by Calcium and Vitamin D

c. triggered by pulling on bone

d. triggered by pushing on bone

7. Select the false statement:

Pregnant women:

a. Can’t be left alone in the house with ice cream

b. Have different alignment markers than non-pregnancy peoples

c. Should be given a shoulder and/or foot massage daily, without prompt

d. Should be stretching the leg muscles a few times a day

8. Back pain can be created by tight tissues in the:

1. back

2. shoulders

3. calves

4. office

9. Bone growth stops at a certain age (about age 20).

a. true

b. false

c. This is a trick question, isn’t it?

10. Katy is

a. smart

b. a smart a$$

Hmmm. Tricky.

Answers are posted upside down, which isn’t as easy to do as you’d imagine, as well as posted in reverse order in case you’re inclined to cheat. Which is weird, because you’d only be fooling yourself, which is also weird and something you might want to reflect on.

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27 thoughts on “A Health Quiz

  1. I think number 10 should have a C choice – Both, because if your smart of course your a$$ is smart as well! LOL

    I only missed one, I think i am pretty close to taking the real test now!


  2. Got one wrong and one right but wrong reason got all the others just right :-). Love quizzes. Any particular reason why you put this one together?

    1. Which one?? glad you liked it. No rhyme or reason, just wanted to post something today that was kind of fun…

      1. I forgot the plantaris in the lower leg and answered 3 muscles used in bicep curl, but was thinking about flexion and extension, so thought about bicep, tricep and deltoids for stabilisation.

  3. Great quiz! Was surprised by the pregnancy one. Had trouble reading the answers as every time I turned my phone round it re positioned itself and they went upside down again. lol. Note to self, don’t be in such a rush to read Katy’s latest highly informative and amusing blog – wait until am infront of PC tomorrow morning 🙂

  4. Katy~ I would’ve guessed that a pregnant woman’s alignment would change, so that was an eye-opener for me. I love all of your stuff~

  5. Hey Katy, You got one wrong!!! I’ll let you guess which one I think it is – bet you get it right first pop. Lots of love from Kiwi Rob… you know the one.

  6. Can’t wait to hear what you think of today’s New York Times article, The Once and Future Way to Run. How did the graphic and video work for you?

    1. I liked this article. I like the idea of a 100-up and think that it could be used, quite easily, to aid in improving walking gaits as well. And, I also like Mark in Va. We talked on the phone last year (he wanted me to send him one of my DVDs so I did.)

      As for my thoughts running is not a necessary part of a health program, but if you’re going to do it, as I wrote in this month’s IDEA Fitness Journal, form is the critical component to reduce injuries.
      So, now that they’ve fixed the knees and hips in marathoners – I wonder what they’re going to do about the cardiac death rate? Still need to work out that one 🙂

      1. Katy B, The main underlying cause of cardiac death in marathoners as for the rest of the population – is the diet. It is not the running per se, though over vigorous activity of any kind is not good for a ticker bomb.

        1. Rob, why are you always up?

          I would love your data on CHD deaths in both marathoners with controlled and uncontrolled diets. I am totally open to reading any literature you can send my way (really, I am always interested in broadening any science learning!). Maybe NZ has different data than the US or South Africa, where regular research on marathoners is done. But until you send your info to my in-box, as a scientist, I have to go with the education I have, existing data, and positional statements from publishing organizations. Also, all the marathon data in the last 30 years here has so far not concluded diet, but dehydration, race weather, heart defects, pre-existing risk factors (high BP, being on beta blockers, hardened arteries), novice runners, and, of course, the strain marathon running places on the heart and blood vessels.

          Our boards here actually recommend a screening before beginning beginning a CV running program, although no one, including professionals, actually do it. Maybe that’s why everyone has such good insurance.

          This might be different in New Zealand, but the joint science position statement from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association is as follows —

          “No sufficiently powered, randomized controlled studies have evaluated the contribution of exercise training to reducing coronary artery disease events. Nevertheless, a variety of epidemiological, basic scientific, and clinical evidence suggests that habitual physical activity decr…eases the risk of fatal and nonfatal CAD events and that the benefits of regular physical activity outweigh its risks. Consequently, physical activity should be encouraged for most individuals in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ACSM recommendations for >30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity such as brisk walking on most, preferably all, days of the week. Vigorous exercise, however, transiently increases the risk of AMI (acute myocardial infarction) and SCD (sudden cardiac death), even in exercise-conditioned individuals…”

          If you want, I can try to let all of the physiologists and cardiologists know that you, Papa Rob from NZ, feel that they are incorrect. I’ll try to find that phone number…it’s around here somewhere.
          Pluuuuubbbbttt. Go to bed!!!!

          1. Go to healthcorrelator.blogspot.com; search for “running”; click on “older posts”; scroll down to article “Heavy Physical Activity…”; click on “Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study”. The results they found may change your mind on running – they are utterly contrary to the ACSM advice. The “Long Distance Running” article is also useful. Dr Tim Noakes in his book “The Lore of Running” makes many references to health, heart attack etc in relation to running.

            Physiologists and cardiologists, in common with their other medical colleagues, show little interest in diet as a health factor. Therefore don’t expect to find studies linking diet and running in double blind studies. It is generally accepted that heart attacks occur when exerting oneself because of underlying weakness and/or disease(s). Sensible training and building of endurance/strength are necessary whatever the exertion is and can even include walking.

            NZ recently welcomed a distance seawater swimmer – I think from Europe – who wanted to tackle the Cook Strait crossing which is considered one of the most difficult swims in the world. Of course he could swim like a fish but unlike most of us, had to do it with only one leg. He declined to move down the beach with orthotics or crutches and literally ran down. That’s right, there had to be a flight phase because he couldn’t walk. His heel never touched the ground once.

            Now, getting down the beach was weight bearing but his long swim was absolutely not. No more is cycling. However walking, running and any other number of sports are. Walking may be the safest, all things being equal, but the other forms of exercise correctly and sensibly performed are also valuable for health and enjoyment of life.

            Jim Fixx died running but he was avowedly against the need for good diet to result in health. His mantra was run for health. Dr Robert Atkins died walking. His, unfortunately very popular, diet was an utter abortion for long term health. We do not blame walking for his death.

            I know, Katy, you do not intend for the human race to give up running for the sake of health. We would all need or at least wish to be able to run at different times whether to catch the bus or avoid being run over. I know from posts that a great many of your “followers” do and enjoy running.

            Since running is inextricably part of mankind’s function – even in today’s mad world – how about directing some of your biomechanic ability to helping people do it properly, safely and healthily. That’s what biomechanists do!!!

            I love your blogs and have learned heaps from you. Lets give running a chance – you will make so many people happy.

          2. Thanks for the post.

            In short (because I am very busy, don’t you know!) I will not be altering my career path any time soon. As a biomechanist, I simply study the laws of physics and and physiology. From that, I present the science of wellness. I am not an expert on pleasure and enjoyment – just bones, cartilage, and blood vessels. I study hard and try to write enjoyable blogs now and then to make learning science fun.

            I thought I was making people happy already. But if not, there are so many other blogs to choose from!



  7. Hey Katie H (and Katy B of course), Thanks a heap for the reference to todays New York Times article. There was a lot of new information in it – new to me at least – and it was very useful. The more people who get to know the correct way to run, the better. Some great video and also references from the main article (Salazar, Romanov etc). Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  8. Being a stickler for anatomical detail, I would like to add pronator teres to the mix as an elbow joint flexor. If that is allowed, then I only got one question wrong. #10.

    I like quizzes. Did you notice when you say the word “quiz” that you smile? How can that be a bad thing? ALWAYS enjoy the blog.

    Dr. Pepper

    1. I love you, Dr. Pepper. Yes, I guess I’d have to add that too. DAMN!! I wish I was better an anatonomy. And spelling 😉

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