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How do strengthening exercises that build muscle help me stay healthy?

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Strengthening or resistance exercises help keep your muscles that support your back, belly, knees, chest, shoulders, neck, and wrists strong and less likely to get injured. Strong muscles mean greater endurance and energy, a faster metabolism (which burns more calories), and better posture.

SOURCES:

Mazur, L. , July 1993. Sports Medicine

PBS.org: "Strengthening Exercises: What You Need to Get Started."

MedicineNet: "Exercise Strength and Endurance Levels."

American College of Sports Medicine.

CNN.com.

Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on June 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Mazur, L. , July 1993. Sports Medicine

PBS.org: "Strengthening Exercises: What You Need to Get Started."

MedicineNet: "Exercise Strength and Endurance Levels."

American College of Sports Medicine.

CNN.com.

Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on June 12, 2018

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