There appears to be a benefit to exercise for women that researchers are just now exploring more deeply—and it has more to do with what happens in their brains than in their muscles. 

Researchers at the University of British Columbia report in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise that in the 20 minutes following a 30-minute workout, the women they studied viewed themselves as not only stronger and having less body fat, but feeling more empowered, too. 

"We think that the feelings of strength and empowerment women achieve post exercise stimulate an improved internal dialogue," the lead author says in a statement, per the New York Post.

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