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Bust Your Bridal Booty

Posted on Jan 02, 2012 - 10:00 AM | Wedding Planning | Comments (1)



By Katherine Schober

 

Three…two…one…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

It’s that time of year again, a time for new resolutions. Every year, men and women across the world pledge to get fit and eat healthier. Some resolutions are kept in tact, but for most of us, these claims to live a better life last through January … February if we’re lucky. In order for someone to succeed in this type of resolution, they need three essential pieces: a fat burning workout plan, easy-to-follow/not-drastic healthier food options, and lastly, motivation. The motivation to start a new year fresh wears off pretty quickly for some, but for the brides of 2012, their motivation is clear and they are more likely to stick to this type of resolution than the rest of us.

 

The bridal workout market is booming. From hit TV shows like VH1’s Bridal BootCamp, online fitness programs, personal trainers and local gyms holding their own Bridal Bootcamps, the message has been received: being out of shape for your wedding just isn’t an option. I don’t pay too much attention to the workout/eat healthy craze myself (my favorite food is the elegant and sophisticated French fry), but even someone like me can see why brides everywhere are going nuts for these workout programs. The pictures you take on your wedding day will be hung in your house for the rest of your lives.

 

For a bride, the pressure is on. I honestly believe that confidence translates to beauty, but brides and wedding gurus alike seem to disagree. Since I’ve yet to experience an entire room stare at me as I slowly make my way down an aisle in white, I’ll trust the experts when they say you want to look your best.

 

Anyone trying to lose weight, not just brides, often goes into overkill with their workout and dieting plans. This can be dangerous. What if you are so focused on looking “perfect” for your wedding day that you pull a muscle and end up limping down the aisle? I promise no one will be talking about how small your waist looks if you’re dragging your leg behind you and your veil. My suggestion is to take your New Year’s Resolution and bridal workouts with a grain of salt. Goals are great motivators to have, but you need to be realistic. Focus on your “problem areas” and let the rest of your body jiggle in peace! In my opinion, brides should focus on toning their arms over everything else because most likely the dress will take care of covering the rest.

 

Out of all the online programs available to brides, I particularly like what theknot.com has to offer. Their section for a “6-Month Fitness Makeover” breaks down the fundamental workouts you’ll need to do, as well as providing a BMI calculator, an activity calorie counter, and a checklist to help you manage your goals. There is also a section devoted to eating the right kinds of foods. Although French fries aren’t on that list, I’m thrilled to report that their final note is one everybody, yes everybody, should listen to: “Starving yourself will never help you lose weight. It will only slow down your metabolism and lead to further weight gain in the end.” I’m sure this isn’t news to any of you, but when under stress and desperate to lose a few pounds, I think several women forget this.

 

There are several pros and cons to online programs. As you are your own boss, you can work your program in with your schedule. The obvious downside is that you are your own boss. I tend to give myself way too many freebies and use the excuse of “Tomorrow, I’ll work out tomorrow,” all too often. If you’re anything like me, meaning you have a love of French fries but expect to magically look fit, then I have to suggest Zumba classes. You don’t have to get the steps to feel the burn. From the moment class starts up until the music stops, you haven’t stopped moving or burning calories. You’ll be having so much fun, that you exercise the most important muscle of all, your smile J. Joining a gym or paying for workout classes can get expensive, especially when you’re trying to budget for a wedding. Lucky for you, Your Wedding Dance offers a four-week package that not only takes care of your first dance as a married couple, but also incorporates a Zumba fitness program so you can check dance lessons and get fit off your wedding checklist.

 

I stand by my opinion that a smile is the best accessory anyone can wear everyday and especially on a day as happy as a wedding day. Maybe as a couple you can commit to being more active, but don’t over do it or set goals for yourself that can’t be reached. I think the New Year’s Resolution to get healthy is a fantastic idea. I just caution brides to remember that he isn’t marrying you for what you look like on the outside, but for your beauty inside. Who knows, maybe when I get married I’ll stop eating French fries until the wedding. But if I don’t, you can bet I’ll be smiling the whole way through, whether I slimmed down or not.


 

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Comments (1)

1. Just what I needed to hear! Thanks for the great advice...can't wait to read more! :-)
    Comment By Lauren - Jan 03, 2012 10:14 AM



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