Being a bride is a wonderful experience, yet fraught with a thousand worries. From – has everyone been invited? or, did we choose the right decor? to, will the bouquet go with the flowers and the dress? Each little detail will be under the strictest scrutiny.
Running from pillar to post, the first casualty in the bride-to-be’s frenzied life is her fitness regime. After all, with so much planning and organizing to do, who has the energy or time for the hated workout.
Unfortunately, neglecting the gym will also mean piling on the pounds and spilling out of your beautiful dress. Planning the menu for the wedding also makes it difficult to keep your cravings under control, with the sampling and constantly thinking about food. Add to that, the cocktail parties and frequent lunches, and you just get a ticket to muffin-top-land.
But don’t worry. This article has some tips that are easy to follow, even on the busiest and most stressful days. Here they are…
The period near D-day is bound to be extremely hectic and stressful. Minimize the strain by starting a fitness plan from six months before the wedding. By starting early, you don’t just avoid the crash diets and boot camps which drain energy and the glow on your face, but might also bless yourself with a higher metabolism. Which means, you can get away with a few more occasional treats over the course of time.
Work Out Together
Schedule your workout plan so that both of you can do it together. Besides boosting the fitness of you both, it will also keep you motivated and give you an opportunity to spend time with your partner. Look at the workout session as a date, where you have an excuse to not look your best, be yourself, and have some great time together.
Improve Your Posture
A good posture makes you look confident and gives you a regal air. It will also make sure the heavy gown doesn’t weigh you down. High heels can also be more uncomfortable if you have a bad posture. Do some Pilates – they are a great way to straighten the back and pull back the shoulders, giving you that perfect posture. Plus, doing these stretches in an open space is a great stress-buster.
Focus on Your Upper Body
Unless you are going for a mini, your dress will reveal only your shoulders, arms, and perhaps your back. So, choose a workout that concentrates on these areas. Try pushups or weight-lifts for long-lasting results, though yoga and Pilates are also effective in sculpting.
Buy a Pedometer
Buy a pedometer and wear it all the time – from the moment you get up till you hit the bed. Decide on a realistic goal – say 10,000 steps a day. If on a certain day you don’t reach it, take a quick walk around the block after dinner. Sticking to small, easily achievable goals is a sure way to boost your motivation and spirits.
Work Out on the Morning of D-day
A high-intensity workout before breakfast will drive away the groggy morning feeling. It will improve your blood circulation and give you a warm, vibrant glow. A quick workout also means that you start the day on a positive note, bringing down the anxiety, and will make you feel all the more confident.
Drinking enough, preferably water, is especially important on the day of the wedding. The excitement of the wedding means many brides scarcely eat anything, so make sure you have a good breakfast and drink water or a low-sugar fruit juice, throughout the day. Avoid carbonated drinks, as they can cause bloating. Also, try not to eat anything too sugary or salty on that day, as it can cause water retention and make you look puffy.
These simple tips are sure to make you look and feel fabulous on your wedding day, and beyond. Try to follow them after the wedding too, as a fitter and healthier you will also be a happier you.