Your wedding day is the biggest party of your life. So, naturally, you’ll want to look and feel your absolute best for those swoon-worthy wedding snaps you’ll look back on for years to come.
If you’ve planned your fitness goals as well as you’ve planned your wedding day, you’ll have given yourself plenty of time to tone up, trim down and reach your fitness peak. If not, don’t worry, we’ve outlined a few tips to help you tackle that pre-wedding regime. No gimmicks, no fads and not a celebrity-endorsed diet plan in sight.
1. Plan It
In the same way you’ve planned your wedding within an inch of it’s life, take the same approach with your fitness goals. What do you want to achieve? How long will it take to achieve it?
Aim for a slow and steady approach, rather than a quick fix, which will only lead to disappointment and add further stress to your already crammed schedule. Aim to have met your fitness goal a month before the wedding. This allows you to spend the final four weeks simply maintaining your efforts, whilst you crack on with the party planning.
2. Get Real
Let’s be honest, setting yourself the target of losing two stone in six weeks is going to lead to high stress levels and more tears than there are on your wedding cake (tiers… you get it).
If losing weight is your aim, set your target to 1-2lbs per week. Go for more and you’ll end up too tired to hit the dancefloor on the big day!
Choose exercises you enjoy, as you’ll be more likely to stick to them. If pounding the treadmill isn’t your cup of tea, opt for a group fitness class such as yoga or one of the exciting new experiences from Les Mills.
If working out alone gives you a bout of loneliness, grab a buddy and get your sweat on together. (Studies have shows that working out with a pal increases motivation, endurance and ultimately, results!) Add workout support to your Best Man or Maid of Honour's duties!
3. Eat Right
Fitness is 80% nutrition, and 20% what you get done in the gym. So alongside a solid fitness plan, you’ll need a saintly diet too.
Put those rice cakes down! A good diet shouldn’t taste like cardboard. Fill your plate with colourful veggies, lean meats and wholesome foods. Keep your portions sensible, and stop eating when you’re satisfied… not when you’re full!
If you’re not sure on what you should be eating, ask our personal training team to help outline a diet plan you will enjoy. If you love what you’re eating, you’re more likely to stick at it.
4. Track It
One of the biggest motivators of a fitness quest is seeing the results for themselves. Whilst you may not immediately see visible results in the mirror, tracking your progress will allow you to see just how well you’re doing on paper. Speak to our team about getting set up on our Tanita tracking system.
Whether your aim is to gain muscle, lose weight or increase your overall fitness, we’ll track your progress every step of the way, giving you a access to your stats at the touch of a button.
If you’re more visually stimulated, don’t become obsessed with the numbers on the scale. Your weight may fluctuate by several pounds throughout your fitness journey. Snap a selfie once a week to compare how your body is transforming, or grab a measuring tape and keep a record of your thigh, arm and waist inches.
5. Swerve The Stress
Wedding planning is one of the most stressful projects there are. So whilst you’ll be keen to get your sweat on, bear in mind that HIIT training, weight lifting, cardio and other forms of exercise can increase your cortisol levels, and set your stress-levels off kilter.
If you can opt for stress relieving workouts, you’ll do your nerves a favour too. Think, yoga (great for toning, with a focus on breathing to keep you relaxed), swimming (an all over body workout that’s low impact) or dance-inspired fitness classes that allow you to let your hair down and forget about your to-do list. Because who cares about buttonholes when you can Bodyjam!
If you need a little fitspiration in the run up to your big day, speak to our personal training team about getting a plan of action together.