Getting Fit for a Wedding

How to get in fighting fashion form!

Thanksgiving is over and I’m feeling…stuffed. I mean, that’s what turkey day is for, right? Well that and reflecting on all that we have to be thankful for, of course! Then, for me atleast, the day after Thanksgiving is full of a different feeling; guilt. Why did I have that second helping of sweet potatoes? Was that midnight sandwich made of leftovers really necessary? See, guilt city! Very quickly, though, that guilt turns into motivation. It’s cardio time, whether that’s in the form of tackling the Black Friday sales or hitting the gym. There’s still time to get back into fighting shape before those holiday parties, and more than enough time if you’re already fretting over a 2017 wedding. Here are some tips for brides and bridesmaids looking to get photo-ready fit for the big day:
1) Start good habits now – We all know that it can take awhile for a new activity to become a habit, so starting sooner is better. Stick with it and after a few weeks, that morning run or end of the day yoga class will feel just as necessary to your routine as that afternoon latte we know you have scheduled.
2) Eat clean – Even after you’ve established exercise as a part of your daily routine, there will still be days when you just can’t fit it in. Have no fear, though; developing good eating habits is a great way to stay fit without having to leave your house! Cutting out processed foods and drinks and sticking to whole, fresh foods should make a huge difference in your health, waistline, and mood to boot!
3) Consider getting a trainer – Sure, it’s more expensive than a regular old gym membership, but you’re way less likely to blow off a session when you have to be accountable to another person. Plus, you can chat about your specific fitness goals with them and they can maximize your time and ensure that you’re getting the most out of every work out minute!
4) Know what to focus on – While a total body workout is nice, it may not be totally necessary. Think about the dress that you’re wearing to the wedding. Most styles highlight a couple of particular body parts, and you can focus your fitness routine on those specific areas. Unsure? While we are certainly not fitness experts (see the above midnight leftovers sandwich comment), we’re happy to chat about your dress style and the areas that it showcases.

Is your dress sleek and fitted on the bottom? Focus on your hips and bum! Rocking a short dress? Work on those stems! Photos courtesy of Sweet Monday Photography

Is your dress sleek and fitted on the bottom? Focus on your hips and bum! Rocking a short dress? Work on those stems! Photos courtesy of Sweet Monday Photography

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Tell us – do you have any great fitness tips for brides/bridesmaids to be??

Fitness Tips for Brides

Be your best self by the big day!

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that no two brides are alike. Even those that purchase the same gown accessorize it to their taste and make it totally unique and their own. If we did have to pick one commonality among brides, though, it would probably be that all of them have some sort of fitness plan. Whether it’s major weight loss or just striving for more toned arms (aren’t we all!), we have a feeling that pretty much every 2016 bride has fitness on the brain in the new year. So, we decided to pull together some tips to make even the most frazzled bride’s fitness routine fun and easy:

This fun and quick 15 minute workout is perfect for the busy bride!

This fun and quick 15 minute workout is perfect for the busy bride!

1) Write it down – Jot down your fitness goals/routine somewhere you look often. Keeping them in the forefront of your mind and out in the open will likely help you to stick to them. It will also help you evaluate your plans. If they take up a whole page, you’re probably trying to tackle too much. Start with the attainable; you can always add more later!
2) Grab a partner – Whether it’s your Mom, fiancé, or bridesmaid, there are a ton of other people who are probably also looking to get in shape for the big day. Plan to work out together, to motivate and keep each other on track. Plus, it’s just more fun when you’re not going it alone!
3) Stay hydrated – There are endless benefits to those eight daily glasses of H2O. They help to boost your metabolism, keep your energy up for your work outs, and brighten your skin, to name a few. So no matter what your fitness goals, this step should be a must for ALL brides!
4) Reward yourself – Most people who establish a fitness routine do really well in the beginning when it’s fresh, new, and dare we say, fun. Cut to a month or so later, though, and it gets harder and harder to stay faithful to your plan. If you fall into that category, we have one thing to say to you: a little bribe never hurt anyone! Commit to working out 4 days next week, for example, and treat yourself to a manicure if you stick to it. Lose those 10 pesky pounds and get that rehearsal dress you’ve been coveting. Decide what motivates you and use it to your advantage!

Tell us – do you have any tips for staying on the fitness straight and narrow? We’d love to hear them!