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> You can exercise it by pushing boulders around.

Question...will walking while burdened also do it? --Preceding unsigned comment added by N8chz (talkcontribs) 18:24, 28 February 2006

Apparently not. I found no evidence in the source code that encumberance either exercises or abuses strength or any other attributes. --Kernigh 03:02, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
attrib.c#line337 (in exerper), which is called at attrib.c#line372 (exerchk), which is called at allmain.c#line261 (once-per-turn actions.) It looks as though you have to be at least stressed to excercise strength. --Stefanor 03:36, 29 September 2006 (UTC)