With wedding season right around the corner, brides typically begin to stress about how and when they’re going to get into shape before their big day.  Planning and getting ready for your wedding day should be one of the happiest times of your life. When you’re walking up the aisle you should feel beautiful, confident, and not worrying about how you feel. Getting in shape for your wedding should be high on your priority list, because there’s nothing worse than getting to your wedding day and not feeling beautiful in your own skin. Yes, it seems difficult and stressful to add yet another thing into your hectic schedule just before your wedding day, but I promise you that you won’t regret it!

All brides get stressed and a perfect way to ease this anxiety is to start consistently getting your heart rate up, eating healthy, and working out your muscles to capacity. Here are some tips to start your workout routine before your big day!

How to start

When you want results you only but in half of your effort, so before you start you should set up your goals and a schedule to keep on top of yourself to achieve the best results possible. Think of your engagement as a commitment to yourself and let that set the tone for the rest of your relationship with health and fitness. If fitness and nutrition is completely new to you, start with educating yourself. Visit a nutritionist or a personal trainer to get educated on the basics – cardiovascular exercise, strength training, stretching, and nutrition. These four factors are pertinent to reaching your goals in a healthy way.

Find a workout plan

Choosing an exercise and diet plan may seem as difficult as finding a wedding dress, but it all comes down to narrowing down your best choices. Typically you shouldn’t choose a workout based on singling out parts of your body, but this can help when deciding a workout plan for your wedding day. Here are some factors to consider when sifting through diet and exercise programs:

  • Body assets, and troubled areas
  • Desired dress style: shape, fabric, length
  • Your current physical state (don’t pressure yourself to finish a triathlon if you’ve never worked out before, maybe start with going to the gym three times a week)

Although you will start having a ton of planning to do, get just as gritty with your diet and exercise schedule. Start researching healthy diet recipes, get your groceries for the week, and meal prep so you don’t have to worry about cooking everyday. Schedule your workouts for the week and keep them as you would with any other wedding appointment. Before beginning your program make sure your expectations are realistic – a good rule of thumb is that you can lose between 4 and 8 pounds in a month. Don’t set yourself up thinking that you’re going to loose twenty pounds in a month, and set yourself up for failure.

If working out is new to you, save time and stress by doing at home workouts. You can still push yourself and burn as many calories as you would at the gym. You will still feel accomplished, and get rid of the commute and possible wait time you would have at the gym. If your wedding is around the corner, start research tonight to begin your diet and exercise plan to look your best on your big day!