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Los­ing fat gets a lot of at­ten­tion, but build­ing mus­cle has a huge im­pact on your well­ness. Here’s what get­ting stronger does for you. ● IT SPEEDS UP YOUR ME­TAB­O­LISM. Mus­cle mass de­ter­mines your basal meta­bolic rate – the num­ber of calo­ries you burn while you’re at rest. “The more mus­cle you have and the more ac­tive it is, the higher your meta­bolic rate will be,” Keith says. That means you can eat more with­out gain­ing weight. ● IT GIVES YOU ENERGY. Work­outs build the most im­por­tant mus­cle in your body: your heart. “Ex­er­cise makes your heart mus­cle big­ger and stronger, which en­ables you to work out harder and longer,” Keith says. More mus­cle mass also makes phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity feel eas­ier, found re­search in the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of Sports Phys­i­ol­ogy and Per­for­mance. ● IT HELPS YOU LIVE LONGER. Mus­cle mass is a bet­ter pre­dic­tor of longevity than BMI, a long-term study in The Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Medicine re­vealed. Yes, ex­er­cise it­self pre­vents dis­ease. But if you do get sick, hav­ing stronger mus­cles helps your body cope with the strain of ill­ness bet­ter so that you can re­cover faster.

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