How to Get Fit for Your Wedding

A “Get Fit For Your Wedding” guest post by Sarah Danielson

Fit bride, wedding fitness

Shaping up for your big day may not be the first thing on your list, with reception hall reservations, guest lists, and caketastings taking center stage.  But the first time you try to squeeze into the dress of your dreams and find that you can’t get the zipper up, the issue will no doubt come rushing to the forefront.

The real problem is not that you’re not interested in fitness.  You’ve been meaning to formulate a diet and exercise plan for years.  But you’ve attributed your lack of dedication to the undertaking to a decided inability to find even a few free minutes in your busy schedule to devote to your health.  And with wedding plans dominating every waking hour, you just don’t know how you’re going to shed the pounds before your big day.

Whether you have a lot of time or only a little to get yourself in shape to slip into your dress and sashay down the aisle, there are plenty of ways to work diet and exercise into your day without causing a major disruption or drastically changing your lifestyle.  And the best part is, you can find a solution that will work for the rest of your life rather than just the next few months leading up to your nuptials.

The easiest place to start is with your diet.  It can be mighty tempting to jet into a drive-through when you’re short on time, but filling your body with sodium, grease, fat, and sugar will leave you feeling fatigued when what you really need is a pick-me-up.  Get in the habit of packing a light lunch and plenty of healthy snacks for your day and you’ll notice a decided improvement in your disposition and energy level.  Especially good to get your brain and body going during a late-afternoon slump are berries, nuts, and avocado, all of which will keep you feeling full and boost your brain power.  You will also snack less and feel more satisfied than if you had grabbed a coke, coffee, or sweet treat from the vending machine.

Surprisingly, it’s not that hard to fit a little exercise into your routine.  While you can certainly enroll in a class or go the route of getting a personal trainer to help you melt the pounds fast, it’s even more important to find ways to work in a workout wherever you are.  Use your lunch hour to hit a nearby gym or go for a jog, take a break in the morning and afternoon to walk around the block while you catch up on phone calls, and get up for a stretch and maybe a few squats and lunges every hour or so at work.  Your co-workers might think you’re crazy, but more likely they’ll be tempted to join in.

Looking good for your wedding is obviously a priority, but it shouldn’t overshadow the fact that good health is a lifelong pursuit.  So rather than treating your weight loss goals as a one-time deal think about ways you can incorporate diet and exercise into your long-term plan.  After all, your vows to love, honor, and cherish will only last as long as you do – and you want that to be a good long while.

Sarah Danielson writes for a fitness website that features the Total Gym workout machine. Find a Total Gym XLS to meet your fitness needs.