If you’d like to lose some weight and get in shape, there can be nothing more motivating than an upcoming wedding day. Now we’re not suggesting that you get engaged just so you have the pressure of the big day to finally help you lose those extra few pounds, but a survey by Brides.com found that 80% of brides to be would look at changing their exercise and eating habits in the run up to their wedding, which isn’t really that surprising. All eyes will be focused on you for the majority of the day, so it’s only natural that you would want to look your best on the biggest day of your life. If you feel good, you’ll look good – confident and happy. But saying it is easier than doing it, so if you’re looking to slim down a little for your big day, here are a few tips.
Start early – Organising everything for your wedding can be a full time job itself, so it’s easy to put your health and fitness plans on the back burner until it’s too late. Then you’re left looking at crash diets and extreme fitness routines that can leave you feeling worn out and worse than when you started. If you start to improve your health and fitness as early as possible, you can take a much more organised and gentle approach to your weight loss, which will not only make it enjoyable, but it’s also more likely to create positive habits that will last beyond your wedding day.
Get some help – If you’ve never been a big fan of exercise but have decided that there’s nothing else for it, getting some help is a great idea. Find a friend or family member to train with you, so you can keep eachother motivated. If you can’t find a training partner look at getting a personal trainer. They can be great if your new to exercise and not really sure what will deliver the best results, plus they will also help to keep you motivated when you might be tempted to slack off. Fitting in a session with your trainer a few times a week can work wonders, and if your time is already filled up with all the wedding plans, you could look at hiring an in home personal trainer, where your trainer will come to you, saving you time for all the other things on your to do list.
Make simple changes – If pounding the treadmill at the gym really isn’t for you but you still want to lose some weight, making little changes to your day to day life can still help you slim down for your big day. Going for a romantic walk with your partner in the evenings and at the weekends hardly sounds like exercise, but it’s estimated that 20-30 minutes walking, 2-3 times a week could help you to lose up to a pound a week. You could even start walking to and from work each day to help you lose even more.
Alternatives to the ‘working out’ – If you would still prefer something a little less taxing, there are other forms of exercise you could try that might be more suitable. You could start doing Yoga which, despite some people’s opinion that it’s simply sitting around meditating, is great for toning and conditioning your body – Santa Monica yoga classes like Warrior Body are great exercise and a fantastic way for you to get into shape.
It’s more than just exercise – Exercise is a great way to lose weight, but to improve your fitness and your health, you should also look at what you’re eating. Making some simple changes to your diet can not only help you lose weight, they can also help you to look and feel better. You’ll be surprised how just adding more fruit and vegetables to your meals and eating less processed food will help your skin to look amazing and give you so much more energy.
Of course the ideal approach might be to try and integrate all of these health and fitness habits into your life in the run up to your wedding. That way, not only will you look and feel great on the big day, you’ll have set yourself up for a healthier, happier married life as well.