Diet & Fitness
Fitness Tips For
Looking Your Best On Your Wedding Day
Every bride wants
to look perfect on her wedding day. Selecting
a dress that will make you look and feel great
is an important first step. But what happens
when you look in the mirror and don't think
you look quite as good as you could?
by: Lynn Bode
When this happens it’s
not uncommon for brides to try quick-fix diets to help
them get in shape. Unfortunately, many dieting brides
make fitness mistakes that not only prevent them from
reaching their goals but also cause unnecessary stress
and sometimes even illness.
Those are two things no bride
needs! Here are five of the most common diet mistakes
as well as some tips to help you avoid them.
1. Too much, too late.
One of the most important
things to remember if you are trying to lose weight is
to start early. For example, don’t try to lose 20
pounds two months before the big day. The key is to plan
ahead so that you can lose the weight (or just tone up)
So if you’re dream-wedding day includes you being
in great shape, then include fitness as a “to-do”
on your overall wedding checklist. That way it will be
a priority in your wedding planning.
2. Setting unachievable goals.
Many women get engaged and
begin imagining themselves drastically thinner or more
sculpted. Be realistic with yourself. If you’ve
never been a size 6 in your life, then it is probably
unrealistic to think you can magically transform just
because you are getting married. And, do you really want
to look so different on your wedding day that most people
(including your fiancé) hardly recognize you?
3. Radical diets or fitness
Brides typically are short
on time and long on to-do lists. This leads many to try
unhealthy fitness programs or starvation diets. Don’t
be tempted by diets that promise quick, drastic results
with little effort from you.
You should avoid any programs that suggest taking “diet”
pills or eating unbalanced meals (like eating only cabbage
soup for a week). And, don’t be lured into trying
dangerous things, like laxatives.
4. Not exercising.
It’s very easy for
brides to say “I don’t have time to exercise”
or “I’m too tired to exercise”. But
diet and exercise should always go hand in hand. Consider
them to be like yin and yang. Without activity your body
can’t burn as many calories.
If you are very short on time, try to exercise in small
10-minute bursts throughout the day. And, keep in mind
that little things help too, like taking the stairs or
parking at the outer edge of the mall parking lot. Plus,
if you are tired from all of your planning, exercise will
help give you back some energy.
5. Skipping Meals
It’s not uncommon to
get caught up in your planning and then realize at 9 p.m.
(as your head begins to ache) that you haven’t eaten
a thing all day. While it may not be an uncommon scenario,
it is unavoidable. Not only is skipping meals unhealthy,
it can lead to binge eating.
That often means eating very fattening foods and/or overeating
all at once. To avoid this, try packing light snacks to
keep on hand throughout the day. Good examples include
carrot sticks, cheese strings, peanut butter on crackers,
Getting in shape doesn’t
have to be complicated and it doesn’t require a
lot of time. If you are trying to lose weight or firm
up before your wedding, below are some sample plans to
help you get started.
Keep in mind that the most important thing is for a bride
to feel good about herself. And no matter what size or
shape, all brides are beautiful on their wedding day!
Sample Exercise FITscription:
20 – 30 minutes of
cardiovascular exercise (3 – 5 time per week)
Example: 2-5 minutes of brisk
walking, 2-5 minutes of jumping jacks (repeat for 20 –
Sample Meal Plan:
Eat 5-7 small meals per day
(meals should include protein, grains, vegetables, etc.
to meet the food pyramid daily requirements)
Example: Small, grilled,
skinless chicken breast
Slice of whole wheat bread
Slice of cheese
Glass of Water (2 or 3 would
be even better)
About The Author
Lynn Bode is owner of http://www.workoutsforyou.com
an Online Personal Fitness Training company. Workouts
For You offers online exercise programs for weight loss,
strength training, nutritional planning and race training.
Personalized programs can be designed for all fitness
levels. The programs are customized to meet your individual
needs and lifestyle (based on the extensive profile you
provide when enrolling) and include a motivational accountability
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You receive all the trainer benefits without the expensive
price, and you can workout wherever and whenever you want.
To receive a FREE, no-obligation fitness evaluation, visit
us at www.workoutsforyou.com.
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