• 6 Surprising & Amazing Facts About Your Muscles

    By SHAPE Editors

    This article first appeared on the U.S.-version of SHAPE.com

     

    Think they’re bulky and unattractive? Don’t worry, women’s bodies are generally not wired to be as muscular as men’s, so there’s very little chance you’ll end up looking like Arnold and Beckham. In fact, more high-profile models like Alessandra Ambrosio are embracing ‘ strong and toned’ rather than ‘thin and wispy’.

    That’s because muscle keeps your metabolism revved, takes up less space than fat, protects your joints, and allows you to lift heavy objects without the help of a guy (so he can’t say you’re needy).

    Here are more surprising facts (and reasons to include strength training in your sweat routine):