Here are five reasons your body loves physical activity—whether dancing, swimming, playing a sport, walking, biking, or visiting the gym:

  1. Regular exercise can act as a mental enhancer, promoting creativity.
  2. The National Institutes of Health reports that simply moving contributes to a faster metabolism and longer life expectancy, regardless of weight.
  3. Moderate to vigorous exercise supports muscle, bone, and ligament strength.
  4. Strength training helps prevent lower back and neck pain.
  5. Exercise releases endorphins, hormones that increase positive feelings and reduce stress.