Planning for the Big Day is a Big deal. And for the most part we want everything to be BIG…. A Big Cake, A Big Centerpiece, A Big Guest List, a Big Party… but what we can do without is looking BIG on our BIG Day. Here are some great tips on how to trim down in time for your upcoming nuptials:
- Start early…most brides begin wedding planning at least 6-12 months out so you should start your fitness plan then as well. Waiting until the month before the wedding and cutting out all carbs in the hopes of shedding last minute pounds will usually work against you. Beginning an exercise program early will help you lose weight in a safe and healthy manner. It will usually help you keep the weight off as well even after the wedding. Healthy and sustainable weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week.
- Find something new and fun…. The easiest way to stick to an exercise routine is if you love to do it. Try out a new class with some friends or even better get your fiancée involved and exercise together. Working out with a buddy always leads to more successful results. There is strength in numbers.
- Strength Training is Essential… Make sure to add some sort of strength training to your routine. Increasing muscle tone increases your metabolism, which improves your ability to burn calories even at rest. If getting to the gym is tough try doing some push ups at home or investing in small weights (5-10 lbs) and doing a few sets of bicep curls or shoulder presses. Squats and lunges are also a great way to build up the muscle tone in your legs.
Eating right, getting enough sleep and regular exercise are the keys to personal health and fitness. Don’t Delay …. Get yourself Fit and Fabulous for your Big Day!
Christa Gurka, MSPT