Fitness Pros’ Best Tips for Brides

Check out these eight awesome wedding-day-ready fitness tips!

by The Knot

Looking to tone up and look your very best self for your wedding day? We talked to a couple of our favourite health and fitness pros and got some of their best tips on how to get fit and healthy for your wedding day.

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Tip #1: Be Realistic

What’s healthy weight loss? About half to one kilo per week – so if you’re keen to shed some kilos, don’t overdo it! “Not every bride must be a size 6 on her wedding day,” says Cynthia Conde, celebrity trainer and creator of Bridal Bootcamp. “You need to realistically evaluate what your ideal weight should be.”

Tip #2: Set A Deadline

With a healthy level of weight loss, all it takes is a little maths to figure out how much time you’ll need to do it. Want to lose 5 kilos? Get the lead out at least a couple of months before your wedding. Bridal fitness expert Doug Rice  recommends you leave yourself a little air on either end. “We all can lose focus at times and might have a bad few days — or weeks,” he says. “Also, once you lose the weight, you want to have time to really tone up and sculpt your physique to look absolutely fabulous in that dress!” So set a firm deadline; just don’t make it your wedding day.

Tip #3: Know What It Takes

Rice recommends a minimum of three to four 30-minute sessions of cardio per week and the same amount of strength training, though the amount should vary depending on your goals. For example, he says, “If you have more than 8 kilos to lose, you will probably need to really kick up your cardio to five or six times per week.” What’s a truly fitness-phobic bride to do? Rice says taking three or four brisk walks around your neighborhood per week and spending at least 20 minutes doing some basic exercises (like push-ups and crunches) is a great start. “Just try to stay active, and cut down on at least the worst of your eating habits,” he says. “Remember, if you continue to do what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get the results you’ve always gotten.”

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Tip #4: Up The Ante

To stick with the programme, Conde recommends increasing the intensity of your cardio and strength-training programs every week. “Brides should not be afraid of increasing the weight load. This is required to challenge your body and take it past a plateau,” she says. “And no, increased strength training does not necessarily equal a masculine physique.”

Tip #5: Track Your Progress

Keep track by recording your goals down — having them in writing is a fantastic motivator. The key, Rice says, is to keep them small and specific. For example:
Week One: Work out at least twice including strength training. Also do cardio twice for at least 20 minutes.
Week Two: Repeat your fitness regimen from week one, but add 10 minutes to your two cardio workouts.
As you reach each goal, record it — you’ll find it’s not so tough to build on your successes.

Tip #6: Change Your Mindset

Conde says that instead of looking at your fitness goals as chores, you should try to see your time at the gym as a special oasis of ‘me-time’. Use this time to just be in the moment: focus on what you’re doing, turn off your phone, and forget about your list of to-dos.

Tip #7: Maintain A Positive Perspective

Will you ever have better fitness motivation than your wedding day? Maybe, but we’re not sure when. “Take advantage of this rare window of opportunity to be super-motivated,” Rice says. “There may never be another time like this in your life. It’s not about discipline, it’s desire! When is your desire going to be more intense than the months leading up to your wedding day?”

Tip #8: Stay Well-Rounded

The key to your success is putting it all together, with a healthy diet and regular exercise. “You can lose extra weight through diet alone, but it is exceedingly difficult to lose body fat by leaving your diet the same and trying to exercise it off,” Rice says. Conde advises a balanced workout as well. “Most brides want to focus solely on their upper body because of their wedding gowns, but you want to work on your entire body for symmetry and balance. Remember ladies, the dress eventually comes off!”

Tell us, Knotties, how are you trying to get in shape for your wedding day?

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