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Muscles project: Raw meat is made of muscles from animals.

If you want to see what muscles really look like, it’s pretty easy! All of the meat you eat is made entirely of muscles! Just look at a raw chicken or a raw piece of steak, and that’s what muscle looks like.

The best way for you to build bigger muscles for yourself is to play.  Run races, ride your bike, climb trees and play structures. Or do the monkey bars, go swimming, build snow forts, and jump rope. Do things that are fun. People don’t need to lift weights to get strong muscles.

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Muscles project: Exercise: how to build strong muscles

Also, be sure to eat plenty of protein, because that’s what muscles are made of. You’ll find protein in peanut butter, refried beans, bean chili, peas, lentils, eggs, and of course meat.

Finally, you’ll need plenty of calcium to build strong muscles, because muscles need calcium to work. Milk and yogurt are the best sources of calcium, or cheese and spinach and kale if you can’t drink milk.

Did you know that having strong muscles also helps to keep you thin? That’s because muscle cells need more energy than the rest of your body, just to keep themselves alive. So the more muscle you have, the more food you need.

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