Got the event planning under control? Here’s how to feel in charge of your body and your mind!
If you want to tone up before your wedding day you need to start at least three to six months earlier. Don’t leave it to the last minute because you won’t see the results. Combine strength and cardio training and aim for 30 minutes, three to four days a week.
“Exercise is really important to your health and wellbeing,” says Heath Maplestone, Director of Big Day Health Consulting, www.bigdayhc.com.au. “Exercise takes your mind off the stresses of your day and the organisation of your wedding. It gives you some ‘me’ time.”
So how do you start? Hit your local gym and ask a trainer to write you a programme. Or, join an outdoor fitness group with your husband-to-be or friends. Bootycamp, www.bootycamp.com.au, offers programs and discounts for brides who sign up with their bridesmaids.
“Choose exercise you enjoy,” says Maplestone. “Boxing is a great way to release pent up tension or anxiety. Hit the boxing bag or your trainer’s focus pads for 10 minutes and feel the difference.”
The most important thing to remember when it comes to your diet is to set realistic goals. “Don’t create extra anxiety by trying to lose three dress sizes in 10 weeks,” advises Maplestone. “Aim for half a kilo a week.”
How do you achieve this? By following a consistent, healthy eating plan! Cut down on your intake of sugar, fried foods, soft drinks, butter and fatty meats. Eat wholegrains, vegetables, fruit, lean meats and drink lots of water. Carbs aren’t your enemy. Small portions of carbohydrates in every meal will give you a constant stream of energy throughout the day.
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Book, $34.95, is available from all good bookshops and is a great resource guide. Lite n’ Easy deliver healthy meals to your door, www.liteneasy.com.au, and you can watch Cook Yourself Thin USA on Lifestyle YOU for extra hints and tips, too!
Leigh, 28, says a positive outlook is key to a happy, healthy bride. “I never wanted my wedding to become a stress or a chore,” she explains. “You only get married once (hopefully) so try to enjoy every minute of it.”
Remain calm and happy by asking others for help and delegating jobs, go for long walks with friends to cool off after a stressful day and take a few deep breaths whenever planning gets intense.