Before I dive into this post, let me introduce myself. I’m Jessica, writer of The Slender Grapefruit, a health and wellness blog here on WordPress. Alissa invited me to write a guest post for Dearly Beloved Bridal, and I am so excited for this opportunity! She asked me to write about how to get in shape for your wedding, so, without further ado, I present “7 Tips to Shape Up for your Wedding.”
First of all, congrats on your upcoming wedding! So, you want to get in shape for your big day? Well good thing Alissa asked me to write this post! Here are 7 tips to help you shape up for your wedding!
Choose healthy activities for pre-wedding celebrations.
With a bachelorette party and a bridal shower leading up to your big day, these pre-celebrations can pack on the pounds when serving alcohol and decadent desserts. Try serving healthy entrees and light desserts. Enjoy activities that don’t revolve around food, such as a spa day, Zumba class, or shopping spree.
Limit your alcohol intake.
Piggybacking off the last tip, this deserves its own explanation. One shot of alcohol has around 100 calories, plus if you mix it with pop, juice, or lemonade, that adds even more. Multiply that by a few drinks, and you’ve already taken in a meal’s worth of calories! If you must have a drink to celebrate, have a small glass of wine or light beer.
Reduce stress and get more sleep.
I know this can be hard, especially when leading up to a wedding, but getting more sleep and reducing your stress is beneficial to your health in many ways. Try doing yoga or meditating if you’re having trouble relaxing. Take a warm bath and drink some tea to calm down before crawling in bed.
This one should be an obvious no-brainer! Eat your fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Eat processed foods and desserts in moderation. Steer clear of fad diets and diet pills. Don’t listen to those late-night infomercials; there’s no quick fix for weight loss (unfortunately).
Another no-brainer! Do cardio workouts and strength-training workouts to burn fat and tone up your muscles. I love doing Zumba, weight lifting, running on the elliptical, and doing pilates. Just do what you enjoy, whether it’s going for a walk, dancing, or joining a spinning class.
Avoid foods that make you bloat.
This is important for the days leading up to the wedding, and especially the day of. Even if you’ve lost weight, being bloated in your dress might make you look and feel like all your hard work didn’t pay off. For a few days leading up to your wedding, reduce your salt intake, avoid carbonated beverages, and limit high-fiber foods, such as raw vegetables.
This is the most important tip. No matter what, enjoy your wedding day! Love your body as-is. No matter what, you’re going to have an amazing wedding, and you’re going to look beautiful. You’ll look great in your dress as long as you have a smile on your face. Remember that this wedding is the beginning of a wonderful life with your spouse.
Again, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Thank you, Alissa, for asking me to do this guest post for Dearly Beloved Bridal!