Getting Fit For Your Wedding Day

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Everyone wants to look their best on their wedding day but an endless task list of things to do can leave you with little time. Ideally you should start a fitness regime as far in advance of your wedding as possible with 3 – 6 months being the norm. The earlier really is the better to reach your target weight/shape though, and ensure you don't have to keep going for dress and suit fittings. When deciding on a fitness plan make sure that you don't set yourself unrealistic or unattainable goals.

Sport

If you want to lose weight, tone up or get fit, then you really will have to do some exercise. We would all love to be able to afford a personal trainer in the months, weeks and days leading up to our wedding but as that is just not going to be possible for the majority of us here are some other suggestions.

Saving money

Not only is running free but can be done before or after work or even in your lunch break! If you aren't a keen runner, power walking can be just as good for you and both are great ways to get fitter. At home there are plenty of free things you can get into the habit of doing from aerobics DVDs to sit ups before bed!  If you have the space, at home gym equipment may initially cost more than gym membership, but will be cheaper in the long run.
 
Instead of driving or taking the bus to work is it possible to walk or cycle? Not only can you save money in doing so but can get your exercise over with during the commute!

Sports to do with your fiance

Gym membership can be pricey but offers can be found at certain times of the year and it is always worth looking around for smaller gyms. If you join up at the same time as your fiance they may be able to do you a deal. Grooms-to-be may want to hit the weights and rowing machine while brides-to-be may choose the cross-trainer and tread mill to tone up. Gyms often have other facilities such as swimming pools and aerobics classes that members can enjoy. Swimming is a great sport for all over body toning. 
 
Take up tennis, squash or badminton with your fiance as a fun way to spend time together and get you in shape for your wedding.

Brides-to-be

Aerobics and dance classes are fun fat burning sessions – why not take a friend along, perhaps one of your bridesmaids? Yoga and pilates are both long-term ways of conditioning, rebalancing and toning your body while strengthening muscles and relieving wedding planning stress.

Grooms-to-be

Why not get some of your work colleagues to start up a Five Aside Football Team or join your local club? If basketball or volleyball is more your thing, many sport's centres now have games. Karate and Judo are also a fun way to get fit and will ensure that you'll have all the right moves to protect your new wife! Perhaps your best man will be up for going along too?

Diet 

Exercise and diet go hand in hand and the lead up to your wedding is the perfect time to revaluate your diet.

Low calorie and super foods

Losing weight does not mean you need to eat less but instead eat foods which are healthy, nutritional and low in calories whilst cutting back on sugary snacks and alcohol which are both very high in calories.
 
If you want to keep meat in your diet, eat less pork and beef and more fish and chicken as they are lower in calories. While red meat is goos source of iron, eggs and baked beans are a lower fat alternative. Oily fish such as salmon is rich in omega 3. Omega 3 is good for your heart and can reduce the chances of blood clotting and heart attacks. Replace your regular oil with Olive Oil which can lower bad cholesterol levels and contains monosaturated fat which is also great for the heart.  

Energy boosters

If all the wedding planning is taking its toll on your energy levels, you need to eat more foods containing fibre, vitamin B, potassium, protein and carbohydrates. The following foods are great energy boosters: Oats (so eat porridge for breakfast!), wheat (such as wholewheat bread), brocolli, brown rice, pasta, nuts (such as almonds), apricots, pears and bananas. Of course energy bars and cereal bars are other low fat energy boosters.

Great for your skin

If you suffer with skin problems, including the following in your diet can help its condition: oranges, grapefruit, green tea, cucumber, tomatoes, plums, berries, spinach, carrots and broccoli. These are all antioxidants which work to protect your skin and keep it more youthful for longer. However the most important thing to do to get clearer skin is drink plenty of water which will flush out impurities as well as keep it hydrated.

Immune system

If you want to boost your immune system, cherry tomatoes, garlic, citrus fruit and peppers are all brilliant foods which can help keep you healthy. You could also visit your local pharmacy for vitamin supplements.

Skincare

As well as eating a healthy, nutritious diet and drinking plenty of water, the bride and groom should both invest in a good skincare regime. You needn't spend a fortune on prestige skincare as cheaper high street brands can be just as effective. 

Oily skin type

Which skincare products are most suited to you will depend on your concerns and your skin type. If you suffer from oily skin and/or acne you may want to try skincare products to help prevent breakouts and matify the skin. This includes deep clean cleansers, matifying toners and oil control moisturisers.

Dry skin type

If on the other hand you suffer with dry, flaky or dehydrated skin, you will need to use a comforting cleanser; exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells; and use a rich hydrating moisturiser to keep your skin looking and feeling soft and conditioned. 

Normal skin type

If you are fortunate enough to have normal skin without any specific issues you should still use a good cleanser and moisturiser to ensure your skin is looking its very best on your wedding day.

Extra Treatment

Repair products can be used in addition to moisturiser for specific concerns such as a pore minimising serum. Eye creams are also important to target specific concerns around the delicate eye area where skin is much thinner; this could be dark circles, puffiness or fine lines.
 
Face masks offer an instant lift to the skin whether you want radiance, hydration or firming; and are great to use on your wedding morning (but make sure you use it prior to your wedding to ensure you don't have any adverse effects from it). 
 
Grooms may want to start using a post shave healer to prevent redness and rashes after shaving.
 
Have a look at  Preparing Your Skin For Your Wedding Day for further regime ideas. The skincare zone also has further information about some of the best skincare products on the market.