A Hidden Benefit of Strength Training

Every time you grab the dumbbells you're protecting yourself from injury. A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that women who lifted weights regularly for seven months were five times less likely to suffer a lower-body stress fracture during intense exercise (like calisthenics and running) than those who weren't as diligent about doing resistance work. For a more resilient body, do at least one exercise each for your arms, legs, chest, butt, back, and abs twice a week.

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