The main systems of the human body are as follows:

  1. Integumentary
  2. Skeletal
  3. Nervous
  4. Cardiovascular
  5. Endocrine
  6. Muscular
  7. Lymphatic
  8. Respiratory
  9. Urinary
  10. Reproductive
  11. Digestive
  12. Immune*
  13. Excretory*

* Not depicted in the two illustrations from Wikipedia’s Systems of the Body

It’s interesting to think that most training regimes focus on one or two of these systems. Or maybe one or two amalgams of these systems. Like the cardio-pulmonary system, or the musculo-skeletal system.

That’s all well and fun. But, how is it possible to give the other systems their due consideration? What are the desired results for training? What’s the difference between a weight-lifter and a tri-athelete? A fire-fighter and a UFC fighter?

How, exactly, does one train one’s spleen, which is part of the lymphatic system? (I’m a big fan of lymphatic drainage massage, btw—so gentle and helpful.)

It’s also interesting to try and remember these thirteen names. Anagrams?

  • Dulcimer Siren
  • Incurred Miles
  • Clumsier Diner
  • Cider Miles Run