Pre-Wedding Fitness Plan

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! As you prepare to walk down the aisle, you may be contemplating a new or revised fitness plan. Consider diving in this endeavor with your significant other. The two of you can create a special bond and discover benefits beyond weight loss.

Before you begin any fitness program, have a talk with your doctor. Begin with a physical and any necessary lab work to rule out circumstances that would alter your new health and fitness plan.

Determine your motives.
Are you new to fitness? Do you have a regular fitness routine, but are ready to kick it up a notch? Are you interested in beginning a new regimen with your fiancé? First, determine your intentions and commence by setting realistic short and long-term goals. If your plan is to lose weight, remember that fitness and nutrition work together. Work your way into a lifestyle change one year to six months prior to your wedding. It is important not to dive in with new routines abruptly. Instead, strive for long-term success.

Set a plan.
Once you decide what is motivating this change, set realistic goals. If you are new to fitness altogether, consider working with a personal trainer to help motivate you. They can identify target specific areas of concern with a properly formatted exercise plan. If you want to dive in independently, just remember to start slow. Committing to a few days a week and building from there is the easiest way to build enthusiasm without burnout. Create a plan that mixes cardiovascular exercise with muscle toning or strength training.

Cardiovascuar work includes:
Power walking
Jogging / running
Cycling – indoor or outdoor
Elliptical training
Jump roping
Aerobics classes – Step, Zumba, PiYo

Strength training work includes:
Weightlifting (start light!)
Barre
Pilates
Yoga
TRX training

Where to go?
Many local gyms offer a wide range of classes that help you create a workout plan that caters to your needs. Perhaps you can visit a few and choose one with an atmosphere you like. Just remember to ask specific questions about contracts and long-term memberships with cancelation policies.  

Mix with nutrition.
Food is fuel. and the relationship between nutrition and exercise is what drives long-term success. Healthy protein feeds the muscles that tone throughout an exercise regimen. Without proper nutrition, you will find yourself falling short of your desired fitness goals. Carbohydrates are just as essential. They provide the necessary power for your central nervous system to operate correctly and should be your body’s main source of energy. The broken-down sugar, or glucose, is absorbed into your bloodstream and used as the fuel to drive your training. Avoid diets that eliminate a food group unless you have a medical concern and you have thoroughly discussed this change with your doctor. We recommend you follow the Food Pyramid and create a balance of healthy protein, dairy, fruits and vegetables, and carbohydrates for holistic health. It is important to eat foods that you enjoy and keep them within the proper healthy guidelines. Find out more about the food pyramid here.

Long-term success.
Once you are on the right track, do not stop there! Even when you have tied the knot. Exercise improves mental health, prevents disease, helps weight management, and provides strong brainpower. You and your partner can maintain your plan and reap the benefits of a long and healthy life together.

 

Tips for Hosting an Engagement Party

Whether you are hosting a party for a newly engaged couple or planning your own soiree, here are some tips that will help get your planning underway.

The purpose of an engagement party is to gather the couple’s friends and family to simply raise a glass to their new engagement. It can also help break the ice between families who have not had a chance to connect.  If the wedding party has already been established, this is also time for each bridesmaid and groomsman to become acquainted. After all, they will be walking down the aisle together eventually!

Who to invite and how?
Along with family and close friends, it is wise to include people who are sure to make the guest list. Imagine the awkward silence after a co-worker shows up to celebrate only to find out they will not be receiving an invitation to the actual wedding! First, decide how intimate you want the gathering to be. If you are hosting something small in your own home, perhaps you need to stick with close family, the family, along with the wedding party. If you have more space and funds you can start expanding your list from there.

If you are hosting a formal event, invitations are the way to go. If you are keeping things casual, emails and phone calls may be all you need. Be sure you include an RSVP request for planning food, space, and activities. RSVP’s can also help you rest assured that your potential guest received your invitation.

How formal should the party be?
Since the purpose of an engagement party is to simply celebrate the couple, keep the emphasis on FUN. A shower is focused on loading the couple with pre-wedding gifts, so the engagement party can stick with a more casual feel. Keep in mind that your guest should not feel pressure to shop the wedding registry prior to your party.

If you have a theme in mind, let your creativity shine! If the couple shares a common interest, bring it to light. For example, if they met on the running trail, theme your party around sports and fitness. The possibilities are endless and the formality of your party depends on the particular mood you want to set.

What should we do?
The answer to this question is… have fun! If you want to play silly games now is your chance. Otherwise, just toast and mingle. Let the couple be in the spotlight and know how excited you are about their upcoming nuptials!