March 8, 2011
Today’s blog post is the final part of a 3-part series with my best advice for preparing to look absolutely stunning on your wedding day! This week we cover my favorites – the training-specific ones that get you into action! If I had to boil bridal bootcamp and personal training down into 4 simple tips, this is what they would be!
Pushups and Posture
If you do nothing else, you have to do pushups and work on your posture (and posture muscles!). The best way to get sexy dress arms is pushups but you also don’t want rounded shoulders at your wedding! Your arms, back, chest and tummy will all look better with good posture so work on those back muscles in your exercise program, sit up tall and be conscious of how you walk and stand, pulling your shoulder blades back and down.
Don’t be Scared of Weights
You can’t get the sculpted arms look without weights – losing weight and doing cardio will just shed the fat but not tighten anything. Mix in weight training with your cardio to get the best shedding and toning results. On average, doing 12-15 repetitions per exercise will be your best bet to prevent muscle build but still get that sculpted look.
Less Champagne, More Water
Probably the least glamorous of all these tips, I had to include this one because it is such a simple way to look awesome in your dress and in any pictures. Alcohol (of any kind, not just champagne!) not only has unnecessary sugar in it that can slow down your weight loss, but even if you’re not trying to lose weight, alcohol will bloat you and decrease the awesome toning you’re developing from that weight training! On the other hand, drinking lots of water will help you shed weight faster, prevent bloat and the more hydrated your muscles are, the more sculpted they look!
Take it One Day at a Time
Don’t think too far ahead! All you can do, particularly with exercise and beauty, is today’s work so focus on what you need to do today and let those that support you (see past tips!) and your wedding coordinator worry about the rest. Enjoy what each day brings – you’re only planning this wedding once, don’t try to hurry up and get there!