Every bride wants to look and feel their best as they walk down the aisle. The truth is, you’re going to look great, regardless. With that said, just the mention of a wedding dress may trigger thoughts of weight loss and/or getting toned. If this is you, then you’re in luck because we’ve written this post with you in mind.
It is recommended that you should choose a workout routine and eat healthier at least 8 to 12 weeks prior to your wedding day. This allows you enough time to make a noticeable change in your physical appearance. The earlier you start, the better the results.
4. What Does A Good Wedding Workout Include?
If your goal is body transformation, then you’ll need to have a workout program that consists of both cardiovascular routines coupled with strength training. Cardiovascular routines include aerobic exercises that are known to burn fat, prevent stress, and interrupt anxiety. The strength training will focus more on toning and shaping your muscles as well as increasing your metabolism rate so that you burn more calories while working out.
If you go for big motion exercises, it burns more calories. Opt for routines like squats, pushups, bench presses, press or lunge walking, etc. It is always better to enroll yourself in a fitness program for optimal fitness results. Incorporating interval training in your cardio workouts will give you surprising results. The intervals must last for at least 20 minutes to half an hour. It is recommended that brides go for cardio routines only after strength training as not to tire out so quickly.
Are you curious as to how often and for how long you should work out? Well, it depends, but usually 3 – 5 days of cardio along with 3 days of strength training, for at least half an hour, is good enough to bring changes in your body within two months.
3. Most People Look Like What They Eat
We’re all familiar with the notion you are what you eat, right? If your aim is wedding weight loss, diet and nutrition must factor into the equation. In fact, what you put into your body i.e. what you eat, takes precedence over your workout routine. You need to eliminate the high sugar content and processed food items from your diet. The aforementioned items typically contain loads of useless calories. To learn more about the benefits of reducing and/or eliminating processed foods that are high in sugar content, refer to this blog post. For effective and sustained weight loss, eating fruits, vegetables and less carbohydrate laden food are strongly encouraged.
2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Whether you chose and exercise plan, diet modification or both, staying hydrated is essential. Our bodies are composed of approximately 60% water and water is the most essential nutrient for our bodies. Water has no calories, reduces hunger/cravings, and raises your metabolism; all factors which promote weight loss.
Be sure to drink water before and during your workout. If you’re not properly hydrated, your body won’t perform at an optimal level and you may experience muscle cramps, fatigue, dizziness, or more severe symptoms. Additional benefits of drinking water are detailed in a separate blog post which can be found, here.
So, you say you’re not a big fan of drinking plain water? Healthy Alternatives may include: plain or sparkling water infused with fresh fruit, vegetables and/or herbs; fresh juices; iced teas (decaf is best); and coconut water.
1. You’ve Got This
It is important to keep in mind that you should not obsess about losing weight before your big day. Be mindful of what you put into your body, workout in a way that best suits your schedule/ lifestyle, get plenty of rest, and appreciate this wonderful journey. The person who awaits you at the opposite end of the aisle, loves you, unconditionally. When you think about it, what can be better than that?
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