For the bride to be planning a wedding can be so much fun, especially with help from her family, and bridal party. It is important for a bride to feel absolutely gorgeous in her gown, but with all the planning involved in putting a wedding together it can be difficult for a bride to find any time to spend on herself leading up to the big day.
I’ve been engaged to my fiancé since October 2016. We fell in love with a gorgeous, rustic wedding venue we found online, and just like that the date was booked. Within one year from the day he proposed we will be married. Ever since putting the deposit down on the venue we have been in extreme wedding planning mode. A lot of our free time has been spent meeting with DJs, photographers, and wedding planners. Every piece involved in putting a wedding together can be incredibly overwhelming. With so many different choices it’s easy to lose sight of what you pictured your wedding day to be. The stress can drain your energy. My advice; take the help offered by your family, and friends because they know you best, and will keep you on track. Also pencil in a few days every week to exercise. Getting to a gym might be difficult depending on your work schedule, but that’s not an excuse. It can cost upwards of $500-$1,000 to alter a wedding dress; the bride should put as much effort into herself as she does into the dress.
In order to feel beautiful you have to feel healthy. Try out some of the following at home exercises. Start today because before you know it the wedding day will be here, and you’re going to want to feel more confident, and beautiful than you’ve ever felt before.
If you plan on wearing a strapless dress you’re going to want toned, sexy arms. To do floor dips, sit on the floor with your knees bent and your feet and fingers facing forward. With your hands facing forward place them on a chair or low table top that is directly behind you. Make sure the piece of furniture you are using is sturdy enough to stay in place. Now tighten your abs, and push your body up with your hands, keeping your feet, flat on the floor. Now lower your body by bending your arms, activating your triceps. As you near the floor, keep your butt off the floor so your core and arm muscles remain active. Repeat for 30 seconds, and try working up to one minute.
Start off in a high blank position, then slowly bend your elbows, and bring your chest closer to the ground. From there push yourself up, and repeat. Push-ups can be difficult for those who don’t normally work out their upper body, so don’t get discouraged if you can only do a few. Try adding one or two push-ups to each set you attempt.
Stand roughly six inches away from the wall, place your hands on the wall shoulder width apart. With your hands flat on the wall step back as far as you can with both feet. Now bend your elbows and proceed to do a push-up, and repeat. Don’t move your feet. Both types of push-ups are great for building upper body strength, and toning your pectorals (chest) and triceps. Bats are adorable, but nobody wants their arms compared to bat wings.
Keep your body completely straight and your hips parallel to the floor, rest your weight on your toes and forearms. The only part of your body that should be touching the floor is your toes and forearms. Rather than counting, try holding yourself in this position during a commercial break if you have the television on, or hold it for the duration of one of your favorite songs. Make sure to keep your body straight, don’t arch your back, or bend your knees. This is a great core exercise that will help tighten your abdominal (stomach) muscles. to infuse a little more of a oblique activation hold yourself in the plank position, and twist your hips from side to side. This will aide in tightening what most of us refer to as the muffin top.
Stand with a chair behind you, place your feet slightly farther than shoulder width apart, bring your arms up and out in front of you, squat back as if you are going to sit on the chair, as soon as you feel the chair, stand back up, and repeat. Try doing three sets of ten. As the sets become easier, hold a heavy object such as a text book out in front of you, and try doing another set. Squats are a great thigh and butt workout; adding weight will create more intensity, and help to strengthen your shoulders. If you want to target your inner thighs, again stand with your feet slightly more than shoulder width apart, and point your toes outward (plié squat position), sink into a squatting position while keeping your knees and back straight, squeeze your gluts (butt) together as you come back up. Incorporating both squat variations into your at-home exercise routine will help to get you honeymoon ready in no time.
If you plan on showing off your legs anytime during or after your wedding, calf raises are a great lower leg exercise that can be done just about anywhere. Start by standing near a wall for balance. Place your feet hip width apart, and make sure your ankles, knees, and hips are in vertical alignment. Push down on the balls of your feet while keeping your abdominal muscles pulled in so you come up straight rather than forward or backward. Continue to push your feet against the floor until the pressure is on your toes, then lower yourself until your feet are just barely flat on the floor, and repeat. Much like squats intensity can be added to calf raises by holding a heavy object out in front of you. Both char squats and calf raises will target your hamstrings as well, and strong hamstrings are important because they are the pedestal for our butts.
Once you have completed some, or all of these at home exercises, cardio can be incorporated by doing jumping jacks, running, or walking up and down the stairs, or going for a walk around the neighborhood.
The only way to look good is to feel good. Thousands of dollars can be spent on the bridal look, but confidence is the ultimate must have accessory for every bride. One of the best feelings is realizing that two weeks ago your body couldn’t do what it just did.