How to Get in Shape Before Your Big Day ~ Part 1

As it’s January, most people I know are on a serious health kick.

It’s also the time of year when a lot of brides-to-be (and grooms) start thinking about their fitness, diet and beauty regimes.

I have to admit I’m not the best person to give advice as my own bridal fitness and beauty regime left a lot to be desired and I fell off the diet bandwagon this month after only two days of attempting to live a sugar free lifestyle!

Which is why I’m thrilled to introduce Katy Powell, who in a series of guest posts will be sharing her bridal diet, fitness and beauty expertise…and some pretty fab photos too!

Katy is the perfect person to provide advice as…she’s married to an ex England rugby player (who is her training partner and has shown her exactly what workouts to do and how to do them), she has a sensible, healthy approach, her advice is practical and easy to follow AND she looked absolutely sensational on her own wedding day…

Katy Powell Top Health & Fitness Tips For Brides On Getting Into That Dress

Today’s post is the first in a two part series jam packed full of health and fitness tips for brides-to-be…

Katy: Your wedding day. They say it’s the most poignant, memorable day of your life. Binding two people, bringing together two families and entwining two lives together for as long as you both shall live.

All of these elements are completely true and speaking from experience it was without question the most perfect day I could have ever imagined.

Of course as the big day looms every intricate detail becomes a monuments decision and for many, the decision to end all decisions is what dress to choose and the inevitable question…how on earth do I get my body into shape before I put on this elusive dress?

First thing I will say, don’t start frantically working out or jumping on the Atkins diet the second the ring goes on your finger! The great news is that it only takes 4-5 weeks to start seeing results.

Depending on what you want to achieve, I would advise starting your health and fitness plan roughly 3-6 months before your wedding day. 

I would also recommend thinking about the following questions:

  • Is this a full lifestyle change or just a body blitz for a few months?
  • What fitness regime can you realistically fit into your lifestyle?
  • What elements does your dress have…? Strapless, low back, short etc?

Answers to these questions will all have an impact on what you do next…

To help you out I’ve compiled a list of exercises (which I’ll be sharing with you in Part 2) and some top tips to help encourage and teach you what you should be doing and how you should be doing it. 

For now, I’m covering the basics and the question of what you want to achieve…

To reduce body fat

Think of your body like a bank deposit, every calorie you eat is minus £1 and everyone calorie you burn is plus £1. By the end of each day you need to have a positive balance in order to start eating into your fat store.

An easy way to start this is with cardiovascular exercise…increasing your heart rate and kick-starting your metabolism.

One 20 minute run a week will do very little to change your body shape so depending on your level of fitness try running, cycling, or swimming at least 3 or 4 times a week, for 20-30 minutes each session.

Most towns or cities have running clubs you could join or you could even sign up for weekly Zumba classes… anything that exerts your energy and gets your heart rate up is a great way to start.

Top Tip: do your workouts first thing in the morning before you have eaten breakfast. This will start to burn off your fat stored from last nights’ dinner and sends your metabolism into overdrive, thus helping to reduce your body fat.

To tone up

If you’re looking to tone up, a combination of exercises and light weights should be added to your fitness regime.

This, combined with cardio, will tone up the desired muscle groups and start to shape your body.

The key to toning and defining muscles is to use low weights with high repetitions.

For example, you’re better off using a 2kg weight to do 50 x tricep extensions, rather than a 10kg weight and only doing 10.

Top Tip: You don’t need to do these exercises every day…2 to 3 times a week is sufficient and will allow your body time to rest in-between sessions.

That’s it for now but I’ll back for part 2 later in the week.

Thank you so much to the lovely Katy for these tips…I can’t wait to share Part 2 with you soon.

And if you’re looking for more fitness and health advice, including some fabulous recipes, then I’d thoroughly recommend checking out Katy’s blog.

Until next time,

Kat x

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