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.

 

Beautiful Weddings on a Budget

We all dream of the perfect wedding.  Yet after meeting with vendors and researching the cost of every detail, your ideal setting may seem a little daunting. Don’t lose hope. Here are a few ways you can plan the perfect wedding while eliminating some major added expenses.

  1. Trim the guest list. This is an important tip to remember, you don’t have to include everyone you know. Prioritize an “A List” first and then add friends, distant relatives, or co-workers until you reach your limit. Leaving children off your guest list is an easy way to keep your guest count low.
  2. DIY what you can. Or ask friends and family who can. If you have a baker in the family, recruit them to make your wedding cake. If you know someone who has an eye for beautiful floral arrangements, let them take over. Lastly, load up on the card stock and create your own special wedding invitations. The DIY possibilities are endless.
  3. Schedule your ceremony between meal times. If you get married in the afternoon or late morning, it is easier to get away with serving heavy hors d’oeuvres and appetizers to your guests. Serving a full meal can double or triple your food costs.
  4. Get married at home. Beautiful backyard weddings are cozy and intimate. They also offer more flexibility when choosing your date. You can be as formal or casual as you like, and you never have to follow the guidelines of a rented venue.
  5. Choose your dress carefully. Brides in expensive wedding gowns are just as beautiful as those with a humbler selection. If you know someone who is willing to let you borrow their gown, say yes if it is the right fit!
  6. Have a friend DJ or set up a playlist ahead of time. Plan a list of songs ahead of time that you would like to hear at your reception and let it roll. However, do ask a friend to MC. You may want someone to announce your arrival to the party. The first introduction as husband and wife is joyful to everyone.
  7. Stock your bar. This is the time to shop for cases of wine, beer, liquor and mixers. If the cost gets too high, cash bars are always a great alternative.
  8. Ask for help. This can be a daunting task, but if you have parents or relatives who are willing to help with wedding costs, be grateful and say “Yes!”
  9. Plan well. A longer engagement can give you time to put money aside for wedding expenses. This also gives you an opportunity to recruit help and shop vendor prices.
  10. Budget thoroughly. This is the most important way to keep your cost low. Create a detailed list of everything you want for your wedding and add a maximum dollar amount beside each item.

If you plan well, you will find many benefits to planning a wedding on a budget. You may even find added funds to indulge on your honeymoon!