Fitness Tips For Looking Your Best
On Your Wedding Day
by: Lynn Bode
Every bride wants to look perfect
on her wedding day. Selecting a dress that will make you look
and feel great is an important first step. But what happens
when you look in the mirror and don't think you look quite
as good as you could? When this happens it's not uncommon
for brides to try quick-fix diets to help them get in shape.
Unfortunately, many dieting brides make fitness mistakes that
not only prevent them from reaching their goals but also cause
unnecessary stress and sometimes even illness. Those are two
things no bride needs! Here are five of the most common diet
mistakes as well as some tips to help you avoid them.
1. Too much, too late.
One of the most important things
to remember if you are trying to lose weight is to start early.
For example, don't try to lose 20 pounds two months before
the big day. The key is to plan ahead so that you can lose
the weight (or just tone up) gradually. So if you're dream-wedding
day includes you being in great shape, then include fitness
as a "to-do" on your overall wedding checklist.
That way it will be a priority in your wedding planning.
2. Setting unachievable goals.
Many women get engaged and begin
imagining themselves drastically thinner or more sculpted.
Be realistic with yourself. If you've never been a size 6
in your life, then it is probably unrealistic to think you
can magically transform just because you are getting married.
And, do you really want to look so different on your wedding
day that most people (including your fiancé) hardly
3. Radical diets or fitness programs.
Brides typically are short on time
and long on to-do lists. This leads many to try unhealthy
fitness programs or starvation diets. Don't be tempted by
diets that promise quick, drastic results with little effort
from you. You should avoid any programs that suggest taking
"diet" pills or eating unbalanced meals (like eating
only cabbage soup for a week). And, don't be lured into trying
dangerous things, like laxatives.
4. Not exercising.
It's very easy for brides to say
"I don't have time to exercise" or "I'm too
tired to exercise". But diet and exercise should always
go hand in hand. Consider them to be like yin and yang. Without
activity your body can't burn as many calories. If you are
very short on time, try to exercise in small 10-minute bursts
throughout the day. And, keep in mind that little things help
too, like taking the stairs or parking at the outer edge of
the mall parking lot. Plus, if you are tired from all of your
planning, exercise will help give you back some energy.
5. Skipping Meals
It's not uncommon to get caught up
in your planning and then realize at 9 p.m. (as your head
begins to ache) that you haven't eaten a thing all day. While
it may not be an uncommon scenario, it is unavoidable. Not
only is skipping meals unhealthy, it can lead to binge eating.
That often means eating very fattening foods and/or overeating
all at once. To avoid this, try packing light snacks to keep
on hand throughout the day. Good examples include carrot sticks,
cheese strings, peanut butter on crackers, etc.
Getting in shape doesn't have to be complicated and it doesn't
require a lot of time. If you are trying to lose weight or
firm up before your wedding, below are some sample plans to
help you get started. Keep in mind that the most important
thing is for a bride to feel good about herself. And no matter
what size or shape, all brides are beautiful on their wedding
Sample Exercise FITscription:
20 - 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise (3 - 5 time per
Example: 2-5 minutes of brisk walking, 2-5 minutes of jumping
jacks (repeat for 20 - 30 minutes)
Sample Meal Plan:
Eat 5-7 small meals per day (meals should include protein,
grains, vegetables, etc. to meet the food pyramid daily requirements)
Example: Small, grilled, skinless chicken breast
Slice of whole wheat bread
Slice of cheese
Glass of Water (2 or 3 would be even better)
Lynn Bode, author and certified personal trainer, offers brides
an affordable and convenient way to get fit through her company,
WorkoutsForYou.com. WorkoutsForYou can help you get the body
you've always dreamed of in time for your wedding day. Visit
more information and a sample workout plan.