According to a recent study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, men who regularly performed strength training workouts and had the highest muscle strength were between 30 and 40 percent less likely to die as the result of a cancerous tumor. For the study, thousands of men between the ages of 20 and 82 were tracked by a team of Swedish experts.

Even among volunteers who had excess tummy fat or a high body mass index, regular weight training seemed to have a protective effect, although the researchers stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. So coupled with a healthy diet and smart decisions regarding your health, strength training can be an effective cancer prevention method and a key to better health.

If you’re at risk for cancer, talk to your doctor about possible prevention methods and more things that you could do to improve your overall health through diet, exercise, and lifestyle.