One of the biggest concerns for all brides-to-be is getting into or staying in shape for the wedding. Most everyone wants to lose a few pounds in general, but many brides feel pressured to get their bodies fit as a fiddle to look their best and take terrific photos for their big day, not to mention fit into their dresses properly! We at Best For Bride encourage all women to feel happy and comfortable with their bodies, regardless of the size, but if you’re looking to shed some pounds and gain some lean muscle to shape your body up for your wedding day, here are a few things you can do.
Set realistic goals:
Having a clear idea of what you want to achieve through your wedding workouts is essential. Maybe you want to tone up specific areas or lose a few pounds. Whatever your goals may be, make sure they are achievable and realistic.
Find a workout routine that works for you
There are countless workout options, from high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to yoga and Pilates. Experiment with different workouts to find what works best for you and your schedule.
Now, of course, you shouldn’t expect to hit the ground running, so to speak, if you’ve never run or even jogged before. By all means, this is an exercise that comes through the process and hard work. However, running is one of the best cardio exercises for improving your heart’s function and burning calories and fat. Some studies even suggest that running boosts the number of calories your body consumes after you’re done exercising. Enlist your maid of honour and a few other friends, and see if you can’t all get on a training program together, either on your own or with a trainer from your local gym.
Who said exercise couldn’t be fun? You can revisit your childhood and burn a surprising amount of calories simultaneously. Of course, you can start out with a standard jump rope, but you can also buy weighted ropes as you progress throughout your training. The amount of calories you burn during your exercise session depends on whether or not you are using a weighted jump rope, how many jumps you do and how fast, etc., but you can burn close to a thousand in one hour once you’ve gotten yourself accustomed. Not only are you burning those calories, but you’re also getting an excellent cardio workout that strengthens and tones your arms, legs, abdominals, and your joints.
Incorporate strength training
In addition to cardiovascular exercise, it’s important to incorporate strength training into your workout routine. This will help you build lean muscle mass, which can boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories.
Training with a kettlebell adds strength training to your exercise regimen. You can usually find them in graduated weight, meaning that you can find a smaller, less heavy one. The great thing about kettlebells, as opposed to traditional dumbbells and other weights, is that the weight is not evenly distributed throughout the object. This means that your body has to work harder to remain stable and have reasonable control over its movements. Kettlebells have handles to grip onto at the top, making them easy to hold onto and use during exercise.
Don’t forget about nutrition
Exercise is only half the battle when it comes to getting in shape. Proper nutrition is also crucial. Make sure you’re fueling your body with the right balance of nutrients to support your workouts and help you reach your goals.
Consistency is vital when it comes to seeing results from your workouts. Make exercise a regular part of your routine, and don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. Getting in shape takes time and dedication, so be patient and stay committed to your goals.
Don’t forget to have fun
Exercise should be enjoyable, not a chore. Find workouts that you enjoy and make you feel good, and don’t be afraid to mix things up to keep things interesting.
There are many ways to get fit, stay in shape, and prepare for your wedding day without overwhelming yourself. Remember to drink plenty of water and get good rest! For more advice regarding wedding planning, check out the Wedding Tips section at Best for Bride, the best place for brides-to-be.
- Exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety, which is especially important during the busy and often stressful time of wedding planning.
- Strength training can help increase bone density, which is essential for overall health and longevity.
- Incorporating cardio into your workout routine can improve heart health and increase cardiovascular endurance.
- Exercise can help improve sleep quality, which is essential for overall health and well-being.
- Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Exercise can help improve mental clarity and focus, which can be beneficial during the often overwhelming wedding planning process.
- Regular exercise can improve self-esteem and body confidence, which can be especially important on your wedding day.
- Exercise can help reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, including breast and colon cancer.
- Research has shown that regular exercise can improve sexual function and increase libido.
- Exercising with your partner can be a great bonding experience and can help improve communication and teamwork skills.
3 thoughts on “Bridal Fitness 101: How to Look and Feel Your Best on Your Wedding Day + Fun Facts”
I never thought about jumping rope to lose a few pounds for the wedding. Great idea! If I remember correctly, it’s an awesome cardio workout… plus, it’s inexpensive!
I would and Yoga for keeping stress out of my mind. Great bridal fitness idea! Thank you!
I had a friend who had worked so hard to lose weight and get in shape for her wedding that she fainted right before her vows. It turned out she hadn’t eaten anything for 48 hours so she could fit into her dress. This is not how you want your wedding day to go. She later regretted her quick weight loss plan and wished she’d gotten a dress that fit in the first place. Its one thing to be in the best shape you can be for your wedding, but take it slowly. Start working out before the big day, so you can be in top form, rather than fainting from hunger. Common sense goes a long way.