Wedding Health and Fitness
The True Fit & Healthy Bride
Regardless of whether your wedding is six months or six weeks away you should aim to set goals to improve your health and fitness which are realistic and achievable. To be happy with yourself on your wedding day you need to be realistic, plan in advance and make a concerted effort to implement something that is healthy and sustainable for the longer term, a healthy approach, without resorting to crash diets and other unsuitable methods.
Not every bride will be able to fit into a size 8 wedding gown, nor do they want to. Sometimes aiming for increased energy levels, improving self-confidence or reducing stress levels can be more important than just seeing your scale weight go down. Irrespective of your goals, you should try to incorporate changes to your lifestyle that can be maintained even after you are married.
- If the program you have chosen is out of the ordinary or something quite dramatic for your body, consult with your doctor prior to commencing any strict exercise or eating regime in order to identify any restrictions or limitations that may
- If your goal is to lose weight and tone your body your program
should incorporate at least two weight training sessions per week
and some cardiovascular exercise 3-4 times per week for 30-40
minutes duration. In order to maximise results in minimum time
consider hiring a personal trainer who will design a specific
program for you taking into account your goals and level of fitness.
Just as no one wedding dress size "fits all", there
is no one exercise program that applies to everyone. Also, it
is not recommended that you begin a weight-training program unsupervised.
The last thing you need is to be walking down that aisle with
an exercise induced injury.
- With respect to your diet aim to eat smaller low-fat meals
more often that will help to increase your metabolism, not to
mention keep your blood sugar levels stable and thereby maintain
- Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day - more if you are
exercising. Proper hydration also assists your energy levels at
this busy time, not to mention keeping you skin looking healthier.
- Try to exercise before breakfast at which time your body utilises
its fat stores to fuel your workout.
- Remember, proper rest and recovery is crucial in any successful exercise program. As hectic as things may get, try to incorporate relaxation times in your schedule eg. check your local newspaper or telephone directory for Yoga classes, which are excellent in combating high levels of stress. Preparing for a wedding should, after all, be one of the happiest times of your life.