Month: December 2014

BRIDAL BODY TIME TO GET FIT

I came across this very helpful guide to getting fit from The Knot. I wanted to share this with our brides since they are always asking us what really works, when it comes to staying lean for your BIG DAY!

Wedding Fitness Checklist
Cardiovascular workouts, like walking or jogging, can be done anywhere outside. Just make sure you have the following:

Comfortable clothes
Running shoes
Two 3- or 5-pound hand weights
A straight-back chair
A mat or blanket (optional)
Month 1
This month, you should mainly be focused on just getting active and engaged in the program. A good way to get motivated is to start a workout diary. Write down the date, all the reasons why you need to work out, and what your goals are. Write down your weight (always weigh yourself in the morning for consistency), and use a measuring tape to record the size of your chest, waist, hips, thighs, and forearms, so you can monitor your progress. To stay motivated, keep notes all the way through.
Tip: Weigh in and take measurements once a month only. Focusing on quick results will only discourage you.

Weeks #1 and #2

20 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
Weeks #3 and #4

30 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
Month 2
Still here? Good work! Now get out that measuring tape and scale. Any improvements? You shouldn’t focus too much on weight loss yet, but your energy should be higher. Keep writing in your journal, and pay special attention to how you feel, how you’re dealing with stress, and what you think you are gaining from your exercise program.
Tip: Remember to check your heart rate about 15 minutes into your aerobic exercise to make sure you’re hitting your target heart rate.

Weeks #5 and #6

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
2 sets of 10 stomach crunches
1 set of 10 push-ups
Weeks #7 and #8

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 10 stomach crunches
2 sets of 10 push-ups
Month 3
This is usually when people start to give up. Get out your diary, and flip back to your first entry. Remind yourself why you are doing this. Also, flip ahead in your calendar and check how quickly your wedding day is approaching: Aren’t you glad you started exercising weeks ago? Weigh yourself and take your measurements again. Are you making progress? Even if you haven’t lost weight, you should see some results in your muscle tone.
Good to know: Muscle weighs more than fat, so you might have gained a few pounds, but you’ve most likely turned some of that fat into muscle.

Weeks #9 and #10

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 10 stomach crunches
2 sets of 10 push-ups
1 set of 10 squats
Weeks #11 and #12

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 10 stomach crunches
3 sets of 10 push-ups
2 sets of 10 squats
2 sets of 10 bicep curls
2 sets of 10 tricep curls
Month 4
Take a minute to write a note of congratulations to yourself — you’re doing an amazing job (we know it sounds cheesy, but do it anyway). Weigh yourself and take your measurements: If you’ve been following the program, you definitely should notice some changes by now.
Good to know: At this point, if nothing has changed, you may need a more advanced program, and you should consult a personal trainer.

Weeks #13 and #14

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
2 sets of 10 chest presses
Weeks #15 and #16

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
3 sets of 15 chest presses
Month 5
Okay, now it’s time to get serious: There are only eight weeks to go until your wedding. Weigh in and take your measurements. Now, where do you still need the most help? Stomach? Thighs? Butt? Pick one or two areas, and focus, focus, focus. We’re going to continue along the same program, but now we’re going to add an intense three sets of 15 extra exercises for whichever area still needs help. With every crunch or set, envision yourself in your gown — you’ll get there.

Weeks #17 and #18

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
3 sets of 15 chest presses
3 sets of 15 “extra target area”
Weeks #19 and #20

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
3 sets of 15 chest presses
3 sets of 15 “extra target area”
Month 6
Just four weeks to go! As you get closer to your wedding date, your crazed schedule may threaten to derail your exercise program, but don’t let it. Weigh in and take your measurements, but don’t be surprised if they aren’t as important anymore — the way you feel should be motivation enough to keep exercising. We are going to continue working at the same level as last month. If you’re having trouble finding the time to keep up this pace, cut back the number of sets you do, but use heavier weights.

Weeks #21 and #22

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
3 sets of 15 chest presses
3 sets of 15 “extra target area”
Weeks #23 and #24

40 minutes of aerobic activity at least three times a week
3 sets of 15 stomach crunches
3 sets of 15 push-ups
3 sets of 15 squats
3 sets of 15 bicep curls
3 sets of 15 tricep curls
3 sets of 15 chest presses
Source– The Knot