For many brides and grooms, too, wedding planning is a reminder to get in shape. Kick starting a pre-wedding fitness routine means you’ll look better walking down the aisle, feel better and reduce stress.
Establish a goal, and give yourself time to achieve it. It’s never too late to squeeze in exercise before the big day. Proper nutrition is also good for glowing skin and shiny tresses. Give yourself 5-10 weeks to set a pre-wedding fitness/nutrition plan.
Crash dieting is never a good idea, experts warn. Instead, focus on reducing body fat and increasing muscle. You don’t want to be a flabby or “skinny fat” bride. Tone up your arms since they’ll likely be prominent in wedding photographs.
Most people can safely lose up to 6 pounds per month but if you have more than 25 pounds to lose, experts suggest starting at least six months before the wedding.
Excercise helps reduce stress during wedding planning, but stress can make losing weight more difficult and even cause weight gain. Stay away from high amounts of sugar, caffeine and comfort foods that will slow progress. Reduce carbs, but don’t go below 1,200 calories a day or you’ll have trouble losing weight.
Focus on both cardio and weight training 3-4 times a week, while adding more fruits, veggies, protein and fiber to your diet.
A healthy diet and fitness plan is a lifestyle change and will benefit you after the wedding. Cravings are easier to handle when you don’t restrict yourself to strict diets or rules. Moderation is key, as long as you can burn it off and don’t overdo it.
While it’s important to watch what you eat, you should also make sure you are eating enough so you have ample energy and don’t lose muscle mass. Don’t forget your daily vitamins and supplements to ensure you are getting nutrients that you may not be getting from food alone.
Congrats to all the brides who have begun their pre-wedding fitness and nutrion plan! We know your hard work will payoff. Visit Advantage Bridal for post workout accessories, such as bridal flip flops, bride hoodies and sweats, and spa wraps and robes. Treat yourself to something special like a day at the spa to unwind!