Every bride wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day, but getting in shape doesn’t have to be confusing or complicated. These R.E.A.L S.I.M.P.L.E. ideas can help you increase your chances of a healthy and happy wedding day.
Relax This is first for a reason. Though you may feel there are a million and one things to do, this is supposed to be a happy and fun occasion. The last thing you need is to arrive at your wedding day feeling stressed and frazzled. Regularly create moments in your schedule to do things simply for the pleasure and release of your mind. Have a pedicure. Schedule a massage. Brew yourself a cup of herbal tea and read a book. Take a walk in the park. The important thing is to take some time for you. Don’t forget to schedule together time for you and your beau as well.
Eat sensibly and regularly People react to stress in many ways. Some binge eat, while others stop eating all together. Compounded by a hectic schedule, you may not come up for air until 9 p.m. (And you wondered why you’ve had that headache all day!) Dehydration, binge eating and starvation can wreak havoc on your metabolism, your state of mind and ultimately your health. Combat this by keeping a few bottles of water in your car and throw one in your bag on busy days. Also, when you’re on the go bring healthy snacks such as such as cut veggies with low fat dip/dressing (you can find these individually packaged at the grocery store), fruit, nuts/dried fruit or peanut butter on crackers.
Aim for achievable goals If your dream-wedding day includes you being great shape, for instance, just because you’re engaged doesn’t mean that you can magically transform a lifetime of potentially bad habits. It’s going to take some work on your part, and requires creating new lifestyle habits in order to last beyond the day in question. Be firm with yourself, but also be patient. Consistency is the key, so make changes at a pace you’re comfortable with so you don’t feel overwhelmed and become discouraged.
Limit or avoid alcohol and caffeine These substances add empty calories to your diet, and can also damage your body and affect your mood. Alcohol, for instance, may seem to relax you in the short term, but in the long run it can destroy the liver and kidneys, increase the risk of ulcers, irritate the pancreas and weaken muscles. It can also lead to metabolic syndrome, a cluster of cardiovascular disease risk factors that includes high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), impaired fasting glucose and excess abdominal fat. Whew! Caffeine, found in foods such as coffee and chocolate, stimulates the central nervous system, releases free fatty acids from adipose (fatty) tissue and affects the kidneys, increasing urination, which can lead to dehydration. It also may increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
Start planning early This includes wedding plans and fitness plans. Procrastination will only increase your stress level and possibly lead to illness. If you are trying to lose weight, for example, give yourself ample time to lose the fat. In a month, it’s healthy to expect a loss of about 8 pounds. Losing any more may actually increase your chances of regaining the weight you lost and more. Not only that, adopting a diet that you don’t enjoy may cause you to binge later. Starving yourself increases your risk of illness and may leave you looking sickly in your precious wedding photos.
Include a nap whenever possible Now I know that you may say “yeah, right,” because you either feel you don’t have the time or that sleep is a waste of time, but naps can give you that quick energy boost you need to make it through long days. You’d be amazed how refreshed you feel after just ten minutes of downtime. Sleep is actually important to your good health and can actually help you better deal with any wedding complications by helping your mind fully rest. This can enable you to be more alert and focused when you’re awake. Skimping will only leave you with reduced energy, greater difficulty concentrating, a diminished mood, and at greater risk for accidents.
Moderation Remember it’s YOUR wedding. Hopefully you and your fiancé set a date that gave you plenty of time to create the wedding that will bring you both joy and happy memories. Pace yourself in everything you do. List everything you’ll need to get done and set timelines and dates. When you eat, don’t eat too much. Schedule and space your errands so that you’re not spending entire days on the go.
Posture Mom was right when she told you not to slouch. Poor posture can lead to a stiff neck, hunched or rigid shoulders, restricted breathing, and tightness in the hips, legs and ankles. This can cause awkward and inefficient movement leading to backaches, headaches, and other painful symptoms – just what you don’t need as a bride-to-be. Not only that, as a bride, good posture can add a feeling of confidence as you walk down the aisle; not to mention the fact that good posture can make you look more shapely and up to 10 pounds leaner! Yoga or pilates inspired exercises can be great for lengthening the spine and opening the rib cage.
Laugh Remember, this is supposed to be a happy and fun occasion. Try not to let any bumps along the way steal your joy. Take things in stride. If you find a hurdle in your path either work with it or go around it to something else. There is no right way or wrong way to have a wedding. People have been marrying simply at the Justice of the Peace, outlandishly by skydiving out of a plane or lavishly with media coverage and dignitaries. The objective remains the same – join your life with the one you love and live happily (hopefully) ever after.
Exercise While planning a wedding can tempt you to skip your workouts, don’t lose sight of the importance of regular exercise. Not only does it enhance your general health, it improves your weight loss success, decreases your stress levels, shapes and tones your muscles and improves your mood. Additionally, exercise can give you increased stamina for your wedding night. . .
Remember this is YOUR wedding! Have fun with it! Start early to help save time AND money in the long run. Consult with as many professionals as needed to help you create the wedding of your dreams and delegate tasks. This includes finding a fitness professional to guide your success and to help you shape your best bridal body. Afterall, the ultimate goal is not only to pass the “strapless dress test,” it’s also to add life to the many happily married years to come.
Tami Williams is owner and Head Fitness Diva at Wildfire Fitness
, a personal training
and lifestyle coaching company based in Portland, Oregon. With a unique and holistic view of fitness, Tami helps clients develop a simple, personalized and actionable strategy that includes a balanced lifestyle of effective exercise, nutritious eating, adequate rest and a positive state of mind.Above Ground Pool Covers