Okay, so I’m not exactly out of shape. As an aerial artist and coach, my job requires a high level of athleticism. However, I want to be sure that I reach my own personal best shape for my wedding day.
I think the wedding day can be a great motivational push. Once the day is set, you already have your deadline, so all you have to do is set your goals. It’s important you start your exercise program in advance. It takes time to tone your muscles and lose weight safely. I decided to give myself six months to tone up some trouble areas. As a personal trainer, I was able to create my own exercise program.
My workout started out like this.
- 30min Cardio (Jumping rope or Silk Climbing/Stairs/Mini-Tramp)
- Single Leg Squats
- Squat Jumps
- Leg Kicks – front/back/side
- Single Leg Heel Raises
- Shoulder Raises with 5lb weights
- Rotator Cuff exercises
- Triceps Dips
- Bent Over Lateral Raises with 5lb weights
- Stability Ball core conditioning with lots of variations of plank
Keep in mind that the exercises above compliment my existing training program. It’s not a total body workout, but meant to target some weak areas I have and correct some imbalances.
Exercise is only half the battle. Don’t forget that if you want to see improvements, you might have to change the way you eat. Healthy eating is key to success. If you don’t know much about nutrition, you may want to consult a nutritionist.
If you are planning on getting in shape for the big day, I would strongly recommend working out with a personal trainer. A trainer can come up with a personalized plan for you and help keep you on track. Yes, it can be expensive, but out of all the things you’ll spend money on for your wedding, shouldn’t your fitness take priority? It’s not just about the aesthetics. With exercise you can increase your energy, reduce risks of cardiovascular disease, prevent injury, boost confidence and so much more! I know it’s hard to get started, but once you commit yourself to it, you will see results! The results will motivate you and you’ll keep it up.
Three exercises every bride can benefit from and do at home with no equipment
1. Plank – This exercise is great for your core and it help can narrow your waist
I like the variation in this video, but an easier version would be to hold it on the hands or the elbows.
2. Dips – These can be done off your couch at home and are great for toning up the backs of your arms. You can straighten your legs to make it harder.
3. Arm Circles
What are you doing to get in shape for the big day?
a) I’m cutting out junk food and eating healthier.
b) I’ve started a workout program and I’m seeing results!
c) Absolutely nothing. All my free time has been eaten up with wedding planning.