Guest post by: Christopher Chan — Co-Founder of New Body Alliance, Online Personal Trainer & Personal Trainer for Lululemon Athletica.
Getting ready to shed the pounds to look good in your gown? If you are one of the many brides-to-be preparing to walk down the aisle this spring, put these fitness tips at the top of your bridal list as you get ready for your big day!
Wedding season is upon us! Within the next few months, thousands of couples will say “I do,” with the most tying the knot in June, according to the National Association of Wedding Ministers. And before they get all dressed in white, many brides hit the gym to slim down and look even more gorgeous in their gowns – and in all of those pictures. At your wedding, everyone’s eyes will be on you and those photos that last a lifetime.
If you are a bride in training, here are 5 Important Fitness Tips to take down the aisle.
1. PICK A PLAN YOU CAN KEEP
Just like any workout regime, you don’t want to take off more than you can chew. So if you have never been much of a stickler about exercising, do not expect that you will suddenly find the motivation to hit the gym on a daily basis — especially since all of that planning for your big day will keep you as busy as ever. Select a workout that suits your schedule. If you need an extra kick, hire a personal trainer or sign up for online personal training which is the most inexpensive way and you can workout anytime you like and not by your trainer’s schedule.
2. PLAN YOUR FITNESS LIKE YOU PLAN YOUR WEDDING
You are likely not planning your wedding in a short amount of time, so don’t expect to get fit quick, either. Give yourself as much time as possible to get ready for your wedding day. Fitness trainers say that the biggest mistakes brides make is overtraining too close to their wedding day, which can easily lead to injury or unnecessary stress. Be realistic: Give yourself at least two months to whip yourself into shape, and shoot to shed about a pound to 2 pounds per week. Remember it is a marathon, not a sprint. The faster you lose the weight, the faster you will gain it back! Slow and steady wins the race.
3. LET YOUR DRESS DICTATE YOUR WORKOUTS
Aside from the cake, your wedding dress will be the most delicious confection at the reception. So highlight all of its beautiful features by structuring your workout routines around your wedding gown. Let your dress decide your workouts.
For example, if your dress is a halter or strapless, work on your shoulders with push ups. If your fairy tale wedding gown is backless, hit the rowing machine to define your back muscles and shoulders.
Just think, if you let your wedding dress dictate your workouts, you won’t have to obsess over your entire body.
4. STRESS RELEASE
To beat mental negativity. Feeling a bit of pressure and anxiety is normal because your wedding is not just a simple event. But when the tension is too much, it may not be good for you. The exercises you will be made to do during your bridal training camp will allow you to release some of the pressure, boost your energy and help you enjoy good sleep, so you can be relaxed, positive and happy when the big day comes.
5. LOOK PAST THE WEDDING
Brides can also be so focused on the big day that they come back after the honeymoon 5 pounds heavier and with slight post wedding blues. You have worked so hard getting in shape and planning for this one day, and then it is over. You can prepare ahead of time for this and get back into your healthy routines when you return. There is no end to this road of health and wellness. Once you have reach a goal, there is always another goal to accomplish.
Remember, there is no change without change in behavior. Follow these tips and you will be in the best shape of your life!
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