He loves you no matter what, right? I mean you guys are getting ready to say for better or worse, so there is absolutely no pressure to get fit for your wedding day, right? (Insert smirk here.)
Yes, our fiances love us, and we love us too, but an exceedingly common concern for brides to be (and many grooms to be) is getting a little more buff and losing a little more pudge before that big day when all eyes and all cameras are trained on you. Eighty percent of United States brides list losing weight as a major priority before the big day. For those of us who have this priority, you often feel exceedingly frantic to get started as you have to first face the dress shopping and alterations scene long before you slip into that mermaid, sheath, or ball gown on your wedding day.
Experts say that the worst thing that someone can do when trying to get in shape for a particular event is to try to cram all workouts and dieting into the month or so ahead of the wedding. This does nothing but stress your mind and your body out which can lead to weight loss resistance and a stressful mood, two things you don't need in the last few weeks of planning. Rather than being the hare, those who want to get fit should be a turtle and take their time. Slow and steady. Even better is to think of losing weight and getting fit not as a race with a destination but rather a lifestyle change that will continue into your marriage.
There is no one magical answer that fits everyones needs. Each of us has a body that reacts differently to different approaches, but the goodnews is that a lot of people have been in your shoes before and have shared their knowledge with us. All across the internet and the library and the television are people who want to help others get fit for their wedding days. Here are some resources on workouts to help you:
Wedding Day Shape Up 101 by Fitness Magazine
6-month Wedding Fitness Plan by The Knot
Bridal Bootcamp Workout Plan by Fitness Magazine
The Sexy Bride Workout Plan by Shape Magazine
Your Wedding Dress Workout Plan by Fitbie.MSN
3-Month Wedding Prep Guide by Wedding Channel
Books to Check Out:
The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU!
The Game On! Diet: Kick Your Friend's Butt While Shrinking Your Own
Run Your Butt Off!: A Breakthrough Plan to Lose Weight and Start Running (No Experience Necessary!)
Zumba®: Ditch the Workout, Join the Party! The Zumba Weight Loss Program
All of these links have something in common in that they want you to carefully and in a really healthy way work towards being well, not skinny, for your wedding day. If you want results, you'll have to put in the work, so if you are part of that 80% of brides who want to drop a few pounds before the big day, then our advice is to start now. Be well!