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It is no secret that exercising is a generally unpleasant experience. From finding the time to go to the gym — or even incorporate an at-home workout into your packed schedule — to actually executing a routine that leaves you feeling tired, sore and, let’s face it, a little sweaty, it is no wonder so many Americans enroll in gym memberships only to never utilize them.

However, there is an intriguing method of nipping this unwillingness to exercise in the bud, and it is as simple as changing your perspective on why you are exercising to begin with.

To elaborate, it is important to note that many individuals — both male and female alike — sign up for a gym membership with one goal in mind: losing weight. However, if they do not see immediate results — no matter how drastic or slight — they often stop attending the gym or working to incorporate healthier habits into their lifestyles.

This trend shows a need for a shift in perspective, one that focuses less on the visible results of exercise and more on the improvements one cannot see, such as: lowered blood pressure; improved blood flow; and the lowered risk of heart attack, diabetes, obesity, and even cancer.

With that in mind, let us take a look at some tactics one could employ to alter their perspective on the necessity of exercise.

Focus on the health benefits

As mentioned before, one can expect to see steadier blood pressure levels, improved blood flow, and decreased risk of terminal illnesses as they exercise regularly. However, those are not the only health benefits one can anticipate upon adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Instead, there are many vital, yet underrated improvements one can experience after just a few weeks of consistent exercise, such as: strengthened bones and muscles, improved mental and emotional health, improved balance, decreased risk of serious falls, and increased lifespan.

Remember you are setting an example

Whether you have children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or any other younger people in your life, they look to the adults around them for models of how to lead their lives.

Therefore, the best way you can teach them to lead healthier lifestyles is by living by example. Show them the value in exercising, eating right, and listening to your body at all times — not just when you feel ill. By taking this step, you will not only be setting an example for those around you, but you will be holding yourself to a higher standard as well — a genuine win-win scenario.