Taking pride in taking the small steps towards being more active and practicing forgiveness for yourself when you don’t complete everything you wanted can prevent you from getting into a negative headspace that destroys your motivation.
Often the hardest part of exercise is starting each workout, so committing to completing even just 5 minutes of exercise is an achievable task when your motivation is feeling low. Often you will find that once you have started, the motivation will increase, and you can complete a full workout. On the days where you complete 5 minutes and you do not feel up to more, then that’s often a good sign you just need a break that day, which is fine!
In the beginning, motivation gets you started with exercise and helps you complete regular workouts, but as you continue to work out, it becomes a habit like brushing your teeth, and instead discipline keeps you regularly exercising in the long term.