5 Beginner Fitness Tips

Fitness Tips for Beginners

Fitness Tips for BeginnersToday’s guest post features Emerald of Pink Balloons for Lunch. Emerald is on a healthy lifestyle journey and I’m really excited to have her share 5 Beginner Fitness Tips!

Although working out is a physical activity, it’s more of a mental battle than anything. We see someone who inspires us to get in shape and we’re inspired. We watch drastic transformations on television and we’re pumped and ready to hit these workout streets with the discipline and focus of Daniel-son from the Karate Kid! The only thing about that is your excitement wears off  eventually and your life will still have the same temptations. And the pizza place is only one call away. Commitment to your goals is what’s going to get you to your weight loss or wellness goals. Here are some tips that will help you along the way!

1. Drink More Water: It flushes out your system, although it’s not the tastiest thing on the menu. Jazz your water up with fruits and stevia for sweetness. The more water you drink, the more efficient your body will become at eliminating waste. And when your body is running optimally, you can think clearer and you’ll feel better in general.

orange-lemon-infused-waterRELATED: Emerald’s Refreshing Orange & Lemon Water

2. Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. I know it’s easier said than done with all the social media post that may make you feel like you’re not enough as you are. But the honest truth is you’re winning. You started winning the moment you felt that you were worth having a healthier body and mind.

3. Have a cut off time for eating. I go to bed around 7pm cut off allows my body to burn up some fat before I hit the hay. The worse thing you want to do is lay down after a heavy meal. If you get hungry, eat your favorite fruits or veggies. Eat some tangerines, apples, celery, carrots or pineapples. Anything is better than a double cheeseburger with fries.

4. Be Reasonable: If your family is out to eat and it’s after your cut off time, use your common sense on whether it’s fine to go ahead and eat. It’s okay to enjoy every now and then. I don’t think that being super strict on yourself is the way. I once met a lady who was in fantastic shape. I asked what her secret was and she said “I only eat sweets on Friday’s.” Everyone is different. Do what works for you.

5. Write Down Your Progress: Nothing shuts up the negative chatter in your head like cold hard facts. Examine how far you’ve come and take pride in your journey. No one always eats clean and exercises at every waking moment. It’s great to write out your negative feelings on paper to see how distorted they really are and then follow up with the truth about who you are. You are a motivated, disciplined and intelligent!

Anytime you try to change a habit, there will be opposition. Your body and mind don’t know what’s good for it, so whatever you feed it will grow. Staying positive and motivated during your fitness journey will not only help you lose a few pounds, but it will improve your life in general! I’m rooting for you!


Emerald Lavender is a mother of 2 adorable kids and wife to a fantastic husband! You can find out about how she juggles it all while still maintaining her happy at Pink Balloons For Lunch! Pink Balloons For Lunch encourages women to get the most out of life, one bite at a time!

YOUR TURN: Are you on a healthy lifestyle journey?
Do you have any fitness tips to share?

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  • Roni clark

    #3 is the hard one for me. MY trainer tells me the same thing but sometimes I get cravings!!!

  • Laila

    Such great tips! The biggest thing for me is to not compare myself to others. It’s so easy to get caught up in how much weight other folks are losing without focusing on what I want to do!

  • Tyra

    These are great tips and reminders, not just for beginners. I have really been working on my water intake and just focusing on my journey. Thanks for sharing!

  • T. Espi

    You just gonna put water at the top? Sheesh! Drinking enough water is one of my biggest struggles. Thanks for the tips!

  • Great tips! I need to work on number 5. I know it would be helpful to have that journal with progress, ups, downs, and how I’m feeling. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kasi Perkins

    Nice post, great tips! Love how you made drinking more water your #1 tip, it is so important!

    Kasi | http://www.thejmichaelproject.com/kasiperkins

  • I came across this post at just the right time. I definitely need this before the summer season! I have started with an intake of more water (and a lot less juices) to reduce my sugar intake. Thanks for the other tips, I will certainly be applying them 😀

  • MJ

    These tips are on point. I’ve been a pregnant bowl of eat everything but I am getting back on track in a major way really soon. I will definitely remember to record my feelings!