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Top Wedding Fitness
As a Personal Trainer for
brides-to-be, I often get asked the same wedding fitness questions over and over
again. Brides (and grooms) usually are looking for simple and easy ways to get
in better shape for their special day.
While there aren't any
quick-fix overnight shape-up plans, armed with the right knowledge and
techniques anyone can improve their appearance in time for their wedding day.
Here are the most common questions along with answers to help you get more fit
in time for your nuptials.
My wedding is next month,
how can I drop 20 pounds? Bottom line ?
you really can't. This answer doesn't get a lot of cheers, but it's the
realistic truth. In a month's time the most you typically can expect to lose
is about 8 pounds. If you try unhealthy, starvation-type diets you possibly
might be able to lose more than that. But, the truth is that those extra pounds
probably won't make you look a whole lot better. That's because if you lose
that much weight in such a short period of time then you just lose water and
muscle weight primarily - not fat! You'd be better off losing the 8 pounds
in a healthy way that includes increasing muscle mass and decreasing fat. This
type of weight loss will actually improve your appearance. Plus, with the
drastic 20-pound loss, you are putting yourself at risk for illness not to
mention making yourself look sickly for your precious wedding photographs.
With all the wedding
planning, I don't have a single minute to workout. What can I do?
While wedding planning can make anyone's life a little crazy, it's important
not to lose sight of the importance of regular exercise. Decreasing your usual
weekly fitness regimen is fine, but don't completely forgo it. Try to fit in
even just 20 minutes three times per week. And, don't feel limited to
traditional workouts. You can incorporate your wedding planning and workouts
together. For example, enroll your fiance and yourself in weekly dance lessons.
You'll wow your reception guests with your dance steps plus benefit from the
exercise you get during each lesson.
How can I get my upper body
more defined looking for my wedding day?
You can't spot reduce. So, if you have a lot of fat in that area, you will
first need to reduce it. In basic terms, this is done by burning more calories
than you consume. So, you need to participate in a healthy fitness program that
includes cardio, strength training, flexibility and good nutrition. Once you
have decreased the fat, then you can concentrate on strengthening the muscle
groups in your upper body. You can do this with dumbbells, resistance bands or
weight machines. Choose 1-2 exercises for each major muscle group and perform
8-12 reps and repeat with 1-2 sets. With a good, targeted strength program you
could even see results within four weeks.
I really want to get
in-shape for my wedding, but I just don't have any willpower. How can I make
myself exercise? Find a program or a workout-buddy that will help provide
you with motivation, encouragement and accountability. Your fianc? is a great
first choice. But, you could also enlist the help of a member of the bridal
party or your mother. Another great option is working with a fitness
professional. The fitness pro can create an individual program for you or one
designed for you and your workout-buddy. Plus, being accountable to a stranger
can be much more motivating. After all, your buddy may fear offending you when
remarking about a missed workout session.
Our honeymoon is at a beach.
How can I get firmer abs and butt for my swimsuit?
As mentioned above, you can't spot reduce and you need to take a comprehensive
approach to shaping-up. With that said, be sure to include exercises that
strengthen and tone those particular areas. For a very challenging abdominal
workout, try exercises with a stability ball. There are also many great leg/butt
exercises that you can do with the ball. But, plain-old squats and lunges are
For a comprehensive customized
bridal workout program, visit:
Bode, author and certified personal trainer, offers brides and grooms an
affordable and convenient way to get fit through her website, WorkoutsForBrides.com.
WorkoutsForBrides can help you get the
body you've always dreamed of in time for your wedding day. Visit
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