Incase your planning for a nice outdoor garden wedding, or getting married in a historical church in front of selected friends and family, or an extravagant hotel with candles and fairy lights holding a bunch of lilies in hand, every bride wants to look at their finest on their wedding day!
As years go by and when you look at the wedding album reminiscing of the heartwarming memories of getting married in front of loved ones, slipping into that gorgeous bridal attire and looking into that mirror, glowing like a modern-day princess!
Nevertheless, prepping for your wedding days is quite the task! And no – we are not referring to the stress of picking the perfect venue, selecting the correct dress, designing bridesmaid dress or picking the correct song for the first dance. We mean well, when we say that brides emphasis heavily on looking good as well feeling good in shape! This is why, we have been on the lookout for a bridal fitness plan that offers high-quality results, without the hefty price tag.
After all, the last thing that you want as expenses, (of course, other than paying lump sums of cash on a reception venue, accommodation and bridal accessories) is spend even more money on an exercise regime that you're not entirely sure will get you feeling fit, healthy and toned before your big day.
This is why we got the help of a fellow bride and dance fit instructor Tarja De Silva to give us the low-down on how to tone up before your wedding, what kind of exercises you need to prioritise, how to maintain a positive eating regime and tips to de-stress.
1. If a bride is planning to get toned for her wedding, realistically how long should in advance should she start working out?
Realistically I would advise 3 months ahead but if they can start sooner the results would be more sustainable.
2. What are the most common areas of the body a bride should focus on working out?
This really depends on the type of attire the bride is going to wear. depending on the design of the bridal the bride may have to focus on areas that are going to be revealed such as her back, arms or midriff.
3. What are your top tips to focusing on these key areas?
Firstly understand the goal you are trying to achieve
Set yourself some realistic targets
Self-discipline and motivation is key
Eat well and clean to meet your goal because at the end of the day you are what you eat.
4. In terms of preparing for a wedding, what training plan would you advise a woman to do?
A good balanced diet plan would be essential, followed by at-least one hour of daily cardio and an exercise routine that target different muscle groups for every other day of the week.
It is also important to keep your skin, hair and nails healthy. Good nutrition will help as well us some beauty routines such as scrubs or vitamin serums. Beyond all these factors a good nights sleep is mandatory (7-8 hours).
5. If you have 30 mins to do some exercise at any given time of the day, what's your favorite workout you'd advise a future bride to do?
whether you are a future bride or anyone who wants to lose weight, I would recommend running or skipping alternatively for 30 minutes.
Another exercise regime I would suggest is a quick circuit where you will be doing different types of exercises with 10-20 repetitions and short breaks.
In my case and if you are someone that likes to dance, dance your heart out to your favorite tunes for 30 minutes non-stop.
6. Put yourself in this scenario, you're a month away from the wedding but still wish to work out, what would be your routine?
Exercise and working out has always been in my daily routine, whether it be one month or a year away from my wedding.
But for brides who have never exercised before, my advise is to continue till the very last day and hopefully continue even after the wedding.
7. Tell us, in what ways a bride can maintain a suitable exercise and healthy eating yet still have fun on the days leading up to the wedding?
I believe in doing everything in moderation. I don't think anyone should go on extreme diets, liquid diets or any quick-fixes because they are simply not sustainable.
If you eat well , exercise and follow a steady routine, you can still enjoy some cheat meals whenever you feel like it.
8. Wedding planning can be extremely stressful – tell us in what ways can a bride can de-stress?
Exercise is known to be great for stress relief because when you exercise your body releases endorphins which is a chemical in the brain that acts as a natural painkiller. This in turn will also help you to sleep better and reduce mental fatigue.
Stress increases muscle tension and therefore a relaxing massage could help relieve muscle tension.
9. Our brides would like some advice on nutrition and healthy eating.
-As the well-known American author and nutritionist Adelle Davis said “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”
-Choose the right carbohydrate such as oats, brown rice, pulses or sweet potatoes; avoid white bread, white pasta, white flour, white rice, corn flakes or fried potatoes.
-Protein keeps you full so include some with every meal.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables to fill you up with good vitamins.
-For clear and glowing skin Include essential fats such as oily fish, nuts, seeds, flax, pumpkin or chia.
-Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
10. With all the other wedding expenses, is it worth for a bride to invest in a personal trainer to get some expert knowledge on how to get fit before their big day?
This comes down to the bride's personal goal, if she feels like she needs some extra guidance then a personal trainer can be a great help.
Self motivation is also sufficient to reach your target, it all come down to how badly you want it.