It’s the day when you want to be in the best shape of your life, so what better motivation to take on a challenging fitness program and stick with it.
There are a huge amount of online programs geared around wedding regimens, whether you already are pretty close to peak condition or are using the big day as inspiration to get fit, lose weight and tone up.
Depending on your needs, plans range from a month to a year out from the main event. One thing to bear in mind is that if weight loss is a significant goal, make sure you discuss this with your dressmaker or bridal store to ensure that regular fittings accommodate the changes to your shape for a perfect fit.
Vision Personal Training, for example, recommends as a good starting point setting what they call a SMART goal, which stands for specific, measureable, achievable, realistic and timely. In other words, a plan that is manageable in the time that you have to do it – the last thing you want to do is heap on extra stress and pressure ahead of the big day.
One of the great ideas they suggest is to concentrate on toning the areas that match the design of your dress, such as arms and shoulders for a strapless design. Doing a menu plan at the start of each week also makes it easier to stick to a diet. Good nutrition and cutting back on the bad stuff such as alcohol will have you feeling fabulous.
A personal trainer is also a sensible investment to bring in that extra motivation and expertise.
And remember to be kind to yourself too, and make sure you indulge in occasional pampering such as spa days to help you reach your optimum self.