Are you a gymgoer? Honestly, I’m not and I’m a lazy person to tone up my body. What I only do at home is some stretchying exercise in order to make myself feel good especially after a long day of work in front of the computer.
However, as a bride-to-be, when you get closer to your wedding date, you might like to look to your best. So I highly recommend you to set up a fitness program for your own to tone up the body. And I’m so happy to have Angela Maria Cruz from the United States, a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness and a Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise, to share us her 5 easy tips to look amazing on your big day!
1. Hey Angela, what are the major areas that every bride should pay attention to if they want to look slimmer and healthy on her big day?
In general, the entire body needs to be taken into consideration to maintain strength and vitality. Though, depending on the style of dress you’re wearing on the big day, your primary focus should be on those areas. For example, if your dress is strapless, shoulder presses and arm exercises are great for adding definition. Or if you’re wearing a halter styled wedding dress, then workouts focusing on toning the upper back and shoulders are ideal and enhance posture.
2. Most people have a hectic daily schedule…. what are your suggestions in order to get the result?
Make the time. As cliché as that sounds you really need to make the time to commit if you want to achieve those desired results. I recommend 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 3-4 days of the week. Break it down to increments if easier on your schedule, but kick it up a notch. An example would be breaking the 30-minute workout into 2 sessions of 15 minutes at a higher intensity. Take into consideration daily movement. Opting for the stairs vs. an elevator, or when you go to the store park farther away in the parking lot. Any extra bit of movement pays off.
3. What will you suggest a bride-to-be to start off their fitness program? 9 month before the big day, or can they start the program say 1 month only before the big day but do it vigorously? Will there be a difference?
Starting a fitness program one year to 9 months in advance is advisable. Begin with a realistic goal of how you want to look and feel. This all depends on the dress you want to wear, theme and/or destination of the wedding as well. I suggest really implementing a consistent fitness program 3 months from the big day at a moderate intensity with a combination of strength and cardiovascular training. One month in advance kick up the intensity of the workout.
4. For brides-to-be who do not do exercise regularly, what is your advice to make the whole process more interesting so they can keep up with it?
Workout with your bridesmaids! Get your girls to look good in their dresses too. Hold each other accountable, motivate and spend quality time together all while getting into shape and making memories.
5. Can you share with us 5 tips that can help those brides-to-be who need last minute help to tone up their bodies?
- Drink plenty of water: I can’t stress enough the importance of drinking water. It flushes toxins, clears complexion, and wards off hunger, keeping you well hydrated and glowing on the big day.
- Get some rest: Crazy you may think with so many last minute things to do before the “I do”. But giving yourself the gift of rest and some downtime, recharges and reenergizes your focus. You will be more alert and present.
- Limit processed foods: loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Processed foods lead to unhealthy fat storage, slows metabolism and leaves you feeling sluggish. Definitely not ideal as you approach the wedding!
- Stretch Daily: Keeps fresh blood and oxygen flowing through your body, eases tension and keeps you from feeling sore on the big day.
- Don’t stress over the little things: you’ve worked hard up to the big moment and have a lot to be proud of.
Stressing over minor things like that last 1-2 pounds you didn’t lose will do no good, causing overwhelm and cortisol to release triggering you to reach for comforting foods and leading to unhealthy weight gain.
Thanks Angela for the sharing. Do you have your own fitness plan? Any tips that you can share with us too? Send me here! Or if you are yet to have your own programme, start to schedule your workouts in advance, commit to them and get it done. Prepare to look amazing on your big day!
Angela Maria Cruz. a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness and a Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise. Her mission is to help women who are running a fulltime schedule to simplify and achieve their healthy lifestyle goals. She has always been the type of woman who follows her own path in life, playing by her own rules, never settling and having a tremendous passion for life and making my dreams come true.
After being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2011 and later in 2016 with Iron Deficiency Anemia she experienced firsthand the toll these conditions take on your energy levels, mood and metabolism. She came to understand the importance of how a balanced diet, physical activity and a healthy mindset positively affects your overall health and wellbeing. These diseases weren’t going to stop her from living my life to the fullest.
With a 10 year background in fitness and wellness, an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for helping others, she has developed a community to share her knowledge and experience as a tool to inspire other women to achieve success on their journey towards a fulfilled, healthier way of living.
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