It’s wedding season! Most brides-to-be want to look fit and fantastic on their wedding day, but some go about it in curious ways. From juice fasts, feeding tubes, crash diets and overtraining stress fractures, getting there can be a traumatic journey.
It doesn’t have to be. With a bit of foresight and planning, the weeks leading up to your special day can be welcomed with confidence!
So you’ve set a date. Now what? Drawing from both personal and more than 8 years’ professional experience, I offer the following advice:
- Begin a fitness regimen immediately. The sooner, the better. In fact, as soon as you know you’ll be getting married, establish healthy habits.
- Hire a coach. Being accountable to someone is key to success: even if it’s just once a week. A nutritionist and/or trainer will help avoid injury and diet pitfalls.
- Make mini-goals: daily, weekly & monthly. It can be as simple as cutting out sugar or running 4 miles by the end of the week.
- Remain consistent. As the date nears and the to-do list gets longer, sticking to healthy habits will already be part of your routine.
- Prioritize ‘me’ time. Sleep/rest is key to remaining injury-free.
- Add intensity to workouts as the date gets closer, but keep gym time under 45 minutes: always go with a plan.
- Hit the weights. For a toned look in photos, add muscle to your frame.
- Train for your dress type: as you lose bodyfat, tone specific areas, like shoulders for a strapless gown or upper back muscles for an open-back dress!
And, for some cautionary advice:
- Don’t sign up for a marathon or other major competition leading up to your big day…you’re under enough pressure!
- Don’t crash diet. Juice cleanses, feeding tubes, & deprivation will compound upon an already-stressful wedding week!
- Don’t overdo weight loss: look like yourself!