There's a false belief that exercise has to be painful in order to be beneficial. However, you don't need to push your body to the point of discomfort in order to take steps toward health. There are benefits to taking it slow, especially if you are starting a new exercise program. Other precautions, such as getting medical clearance and making sure to stretch out, also prevent unnecessary pain.
This week, I will remind myself that "no pain, no gain" doesn't always apply. I will make sure to celebrate even the smallest steps as positive exercise accomplishments.