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.

 

Getting Healthy for the Big Day

All brides want to look their best when they walk down the aisle. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or not, here are some practical tips to help you feel your best on your wedding day.

Start early. If you have decided to begin a new diet or fitness routine, the earlier you dive in the better. While you may feel great initially, it may take a little time to see visible results. This is normal. Do plenty of research on the plan you choose and set realistic goals. Avoid overworking yourself and trying to reach a goal too quickly. You want to feel great AND take good care of yourself.

Have an accountability partner. Whether your fiancé or a good friend steps in as your cheerleader, have a trusted companion help track your goals, keep you motivated, and celebrate your victories. Someone by your side holding you accountable makes it easier to stay on track.

Do it in a healthy way. It is imperative that the diet and fitness plan you choose is good for your body and mind. Crash dieting is never a good idea. Even if you are seeing quick results, the last thing you want on your wedding day is a blood sugar crash down the aisle. If you choose a fad diet or starve yourself to lose weight quickly, you may find yourself in a worse place as your body starts to store fat and recover itself from lost calories.

If you have decided on a health/fitness plan to prepare for your wedding, congratulations! Just don’t stop there. Once you finally tie the knot, keep things going. The hard part is already done.