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The wedding workout

For a bride-to-be, the holidays are a time to be ever-vigilant about diet and exercise, especially when confronted with so much temptation. We asked a few experts for motivational tips for getting in shape and how to change your diet in preparation for your big day.

For a bride-to-be, the holidays are a time to be ever-vigilant about diet and exercise, especially when confronted with so much temptation. We asked a few experts for motivational tips for getting in shape and how to change your diet in preparation for your big day.

Why do we panic about our weight when we decide to get married?

“Your wedding is your big day, your moment to shine in front of your friends and family, you’ll want to look your best,” explains Gunnar Peterson, personal trainer to celebrities including Jennifer Lopez and Penelope Cruz. Everything becomes magnified on your wedding day: Emotions become more intense, and thanks to today’s technology, every moment is meticulously captured on camera.

“The quality of film is so good that every little imperfection is visible, from a wrinkle to a blemish,” says Peterson. “The bride and groom can feel self-conscious at the thought.” Your wedding pictures will be passed down for generations, so you will likely want to look and feel great.

Getting ready for the big day

Most people make time before their wedding to get into better shape.

“People work well to a deadline, so setting a date is the first step,” says Peterson, who also believes that working toward a goal makes things more achievable. “Once you know you have six months to lose, say, 20 or so pounds, you can devise a plan of action.”

Working it out

Treat your workout sessions as you would an appointment, and make sure you don’t have the option to blow it off.

“Allow for an allocated time slot at a time of the day that you know works for you,” says Peterson.

Think about what kind of body shape you want. Wedding clothes are figure-hugging, so aim to develop longer, leaner limbs. Peterson gets his clients to combine cardiovascular moves with light weights for the best results.

“You want to be efficient. Combine ‘big’ moves such as squats and lunges with running or aerobics and weights to tone up and burn calories,” he says. For perfect posture, remind yourself to sit up straight throughout the day.

In terms of changing your diet, a total overhaul of your eating habits overnight will cause too much stress.

“Make small, everyday changes you can work toward, such as eating breakfast if you didn’t before or cutting out complex carbohydrates from your evening meal,” says Peterson. Make this a gradual process — otherwise, you could buckle under the pressure and give up altogether.

Honeymoon free-for-all

Your honeymoon should be all about indulgence. Give in to your body’s cravings even if they are not the healthiest, as you know it won’t last. Get more sleep and allow yourself to drink moderate amounts of alcohol and don’t fret if you are not doing as much exercise as you are used to. Don’t, however, keep this up once you are back home, or all your hard efforts would have gone to waste.

 
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