So you didn’t stick to your New Year’s Resolution - that’s okay! But now, wedding season is fast approaching, and odds are you’re rushing to get back into a routine so your dress fits like a dream. Whatever silhouette you’ll be rocking, we’ve got the perfect one-stop fitness guide to get you sculpted and toned for your big day!
Prioritizing working out in the middle of planning a wedding may seem a bit ridiculous at times, but it’s crucial to treat every work out sesh as if it’s another make-or-break appointment to prep for your big day. Chances are, you already have a lengthy to-do list - pencil in an hour a day, four times a week to dedicate solely to a workout. Grab some headphones, put down the seating chart, and focus on yourself for a little! Not only will this help get you in the right mindspace for your big day (and relieve some stress), but you’ll see more results the most consistent and dedicated you are to your routine!
Drink some water, water, and more water!
First thing’s first: if you’re going to be dedicated to an intense fitness routine, you’re going to be sweating a lot. It seems like an obvious tip, but between all the stress and planning, it can be easy to forget to stay hydrated. Ideally, you should be drinking about half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, someone who weighs 130 pounds should aim to drink 65 ounces of water a day. Another great tip is to always add some lemon! Lemon water is proven to boost your metabolism and improve your skin, but remember: it’s only effective if you drink it in place of something else, like diet soda or coffee. Cut out all unnecessary drinks up until the big day - you can treat yourself post-wedding!
Listen to your body, and set realistic goals.
Fasted cardio is a new trend that tons of brides are opting for in preparation for their big day, but consult a doctor before you integrate it into your own routine! Fasted cardio, even when approved by a physician, should only be done for an hour max every other workout; you don’t want to do work out on an empty stomach all the time because it’ll drain you of all your energy. When done properly, working out in a fasted state makes you burn about 20% more body fat, but be careful because you could also burn muscle. Be mindful of the changes you wish to see in your body and your own personal goals. If you’re looking to gain muscle, fasted cardio is likely not the route for you!
If you’re only a couple of months out from your wedding, make sure your goals are realistic and you’re moving in a positive direction, rather than overworking yourself and not seeing the results you were hoping for. For example, if you’re rocking a strapless gown, you want to focus most of your workouts on toning your arms, shoulders, and chest. If you’re wearing a mermaid gown, you want to work out that booty! Short dresses show a lot of leg, which means leg day, leg day, leg day. It’s a lot easier to say “I want my booty to look better in my dress,” than to say “I want to lose 40 pounds in two months,” so set your priorities! We rounded up a ton of great workouts that’ll target all the areas you need for some of the most popular silhouettes!
Try out some of our favorite workouts!
A good rule of thumb is do some cardio for a minimum of 30 minutes, then move on to target problem areas with 3-4 supplemental strength workouts. If you’re finding it difficult to set aside a huge chunk of time to head to the gym every other day, we have tons of at-home strength workouts that you can get out of the way before you even start your day!
Our favorite exercise to prepare for a strapless gown is one that you can do in the comfort of your own home, so you don’t even have to worry about setting aside the time in your busy day! Just wake up, drink some water, and get going - it’s the perfect temperature for a run! Plank shoulder taps are the perfect compliment to a workout after finishing up some cardio.
Not only are they easy to do in the living room, but they target your arms, shoulder, and chest, so everything can be super toned when you walk down the aisle. Just start off in a proper plank position, and alternate tapping each hand on the opposite shoulder, returning to your original position between each. Do 20 reps of these each workout up until your wedding day!
A mermaid dress can be very intimidating, since it hugs every last curve. If you’re opting for this sexy style, make sure to dedicate a portion of your workout to sculpting your hips and booty! Squats typically the go-to for toning these areas, but we recommend challenging yourself a little bit more to work out your arms, too. Try this hinging deadlift from Shape.com for even better results:
“Grab a pair of dumbbells and stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Hold the weights in front of your thighs, palms facing in. Maintaining a neutral spine, hinge forward from your hips, reaching the dumbbells to the ground, until your torso is almost parallel with the floor. Focus on using your glutes to raise your body halfway back up and then return to full forward hinge again. That’s one rep. Repeat 20 times total.”
Wearing a short dress on your wedding day is already a bold statement - impress your guests even more by working on toning your legs before the big day! To sculpt your thighs, calves, and hips, try another advanced squat workout like this pistol squat from Women’s Health:
“Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level, parallel to the floor. Raise your right leg off the floor, and hold it there. (A) Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. (B) Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.”
Time is a problem for tons of brides when it comes to following a fitness routine. Make every workout count!
If you don’t have a lot of time, it’s vital that you make every moment worth it. For example, instead of just walking aimlessly on the treadmill for half an hour and calling it a day, try something a little more challenging for a shorter period of time that works more muscles than just cardio would. Try out jumping rope! This targets tons of problem areas that brides face, like the thighs, calves, shoulders, and back, but it also burns fat through cardio! Alternate this with other toning exercises that are less cardio-centric, like leg crunches or squats, and you’ll be toned and glowing for your walk down the aisle!