Working out has become a wedding ritual. Whether you’re a guest, in the bridal party or tying the knot yourself, this season is the opportunity to give your body the attention it deserves and to make it look as good as it possibly could. However, is the amount of time and money people are spending on weight-loss and fitness services pre-wedding necessary? And why should it end with the season? Continue to be FIT throughout the year! You will be assured wedding season will be a great success.
I have a large family and every year there is someone getting married. Marriage isn’t in my near future but I am concerned that should the question pop unexpectedly, I may not be in my best shape. Our body goals are not realistically going to happen overnight. The key is a realistic start date, followed by continuous maintenance.
All my friends who are in relationships and perhaps other young couples feel pressure to stage ceremonies and receptions that are extravagant that they can’t afford. I was introduced to a book called, “One Perfect Day” by Rebecca Mead. The wedding-industrial complex is driving the extravagance. This whole culture pushes us to believe that we have to do it! We have to have the best wedding and look our best which means we have to pay a personal trainer and go on expensive regimens to look our “best.”
How far do we go to materialize our fantasies with the combination of a perfect wedding and a celebrity wedding? I am sure we all have an ideal look that we want to accomplish for the occasion. Fitness surveys from wedding websites suggest that brides spend an average $300 to $500 on weight-loss or fitness programs before their wedding. Workout regimens are a common pre-wedding phenomenon.
There is always that thought that we are going to have these photos for the rest of our lives. Even if your fiancé tries the “I love you, the way you are,” you may still want to achieve those fitness goals. It may also come in handy to lift the heavy boxes containing wedding goodies without the aid of anyone.
Ready to have all eyes on you and feel great walking down the aisle? Have a look at these tips and workout suggestions that have no cost!
1. For the first look– Correct your posture by standing up straight. This will make you look pounds thinner. Good posture might not be on your list of priorities at this time but studies indicate standing straighter enhances attractiveness, confidence and even your mood.
2. For the wedding day meal – Don’t skip meals. All the stress and activities leading up to the wedding may disrupt your appetite. Plus, you’re constantly thinking of the great dress that you want to fit into. Skipping meals boomerangs right back! Ensure to eat small portions often with a good blend of protein and complex carbs. And during this busy season, if you’re running around and cannot afford to eat frequently, pack a snack such as whole grain crackers or nuts.
3. For a toast to remember – So promise you won’t skip eating that great meal on the wedding day! Try to move past the nerves and eat, as there will be many cocktails and lots of toasting. Drinking on an empty stomach can be disastrous plus you want to remember your wedding day, right?!
4. For the bouquet toss– Many wedding gowns and evening dresses expose mainly the back and shoulders. When you are thinking of focal points for your workout, put them as number 1 priority as those areas are revealed more than anything else. Whether you are tossing the bouquet yourself or trying to be the lucky catcher, majority of what is seen from the side is shoulder muscle.
5. For an unexpected twist – Switch up your routine! Have you ever noticed that you’ve been doing the same routine and after 4 to 6 weeks, you stop getting results? Our bodies are really good at adapting. So throw those old routines and get in with the new. For example, squats with a shoulder press, and lunges with a biceps curl.
Below I have provided my easy to remember, effective, wedding season workout to be completed at least 3 times per week:
For any exercise throughout that has multiple sets, you should rest only as needed (approx.1–2 minutes) between completing each set.
- 30 minutes of aerobic activity (take a look at blog post titles “Go, go, go! Get your cardio on!” for some good examples)
- 3 sets of 10 bicep curls
- 3 sets of 10 dumbbell overhead triceps press
- 3 sets of 10 shoulder presses
- 3 sets of 10 crunches
- 3 sets of 10 push-ups (Start with modified push-ups on your knees and work your way up.)
- 3 sets of 10 squats
Keep in mind, you can pair sets and make a superset as mentioned in #5, squats with shoulder presses. Feel free to also increase the number of each exercise as you see fit in each set and add an extra set of a particular target area. By the time the weddings roll around, your arms—and the rest of you—should be toned and FIT for the season. Just ensure you maintain it! Don’t stop!