Look and Feel Great on Your Special Day
by Sarah Mulaner
In the weeks and months leading up to your big day, it’s hard to keep a balance between life, work, planning and relaxation. Here are a few tips for looking and feeling your best before and after the big day.
Eating the right amount of calories your body needs will play a big role in keeping your energy levels steady. Start by being prepared – bring small, healthy snacks with you for when your plans take longer than expected, eat frequently, choose clean foods and drink lots of water throughout the day. Feeling full will help you avoid binges, so eat quality food often to stick to your nutrition goals.
Use activity to keep your metabolism high. Daily activities like taking the stairs as opposed to the elevator do help, but the best cure is a quick burst of tough cardio a few times per week. Running is great – a fast, effective way to burn a great deal of calories – but why not participate in a spinning class a couple of days per week?
It’s a great stress reliever and will help you get a lean, fit body. If you don’t have a gym membership, start with walking or hiking. Skipping is another great way to burn calories quickly.
Don’t forget resistance training, especially for the upper body (think strapless dress) and core (for the bikini you’ll be wearing on your honeymoon). The plank is an excellent exercise to work both areas. Just hold the push-up position with good alignment for about 30 seconds. You can have your knees down if you like, or legs straight (which is harder). Couples who exercise together get to enjoy that endorphin rush when they finish their workout. What a great way to share some time and feel amazing! Bootcamp classes are offered in most places, and both men and women can participate. It’s a great workout for everyone!
Yoga is another wonderful stress reliever that will help you manage your many pre-wedding demands. You’ll get a full-body workout, flexibility training and an hour to yourself to relax and focus. Sounds good, doesn’t it? There are many different types of yoga classes to suit all fitness levels and interests, and maybe you can convince your hubby-to-be to start as well. Other mind-body options include Tai Chi and Pilates.
Many people find that after the wedding happens and life gets back to normal, there isn’t as much motivation to stick to a fitness routine or healthy eating. Making fitness part of your life will pay dividends to your health, wellness and fitness level, lower your stress levels and make everyday life more enjoyable. If you’re moving into a new area, a recreation centre is a great way to immerse yourself in local events. Use the gym, take a dance class, or try karate. Learning a new activity is a fantastic way to keep your relationship fresh, fun and fit! W
Sarah Mulaner is the owner of Imagine Fitness Inc. She has been a personal trainer for over 15 years and specializes in in-home and couple training.