Sweating for the wedding

Article Feb 11, 2013

A bride-to-be’s guide to getting in shape for the big day

For a lot of us, the last time we even thought about digging our trainers out from the back of the cupboard and getting a sweat on was when we were in school – and even then minimal effort was put in. But now things are a little different, he’s popped the question, the date is set and all that’s left to do is lose that muffin top and tone those arms.

Starting out on the fitness wagon is daunting at the best of times, let alone when the end result is hundreds of photos and a whole day dedicated to you. To get you started, here’s a quick-starter guide to motivating yourself to get off the sofa.

Ditch the scales
Stop focusing on the little number that screams at you every time you step on the scales – in fact, stop stepping on the scale altogether. Changing your goal from weight loss to fat loss is the first stage when toning up and slimming down – remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so keep an eye on how your body changes rather than how far the scales drop. It’s also worth noting that it takes four weeks for you to start noticing the impact of your exercise so don’t give up if results aren’t obvious after two.

Try new things
Discovering what you love to do is half the battle, but that shouldn’t discourage you from trying new things. You hated running the 1500m at school? That doesn’t mean you won’t love sticking your headphones in and pounding the pavements by yourself every night. If the gym really isn’t your thing, invest in some home gym equipment – the Davina magnetic exercise bike is ideal for toning legs and burning calories and you can create your own personal spin class with tailored playlists.

More the merrier
Recruiting your bridesmaid(s) into your fitness schedule is a great way to blow of some pre-wedding stress with the girls you love. It’s more than likely that they too will want to look the part in your wedding photos, so bring them along to your weekly swim session or body combat class to get them in shape too. Plus, what more excuse do you have to then sit in the sauna and laugh about the hen do together?

Stick at it
Staying positive is crucial to keeping motivated. Surround yourself with people of the same mindset and it’ll be harder for you start dropping out of the workouts. Note that it takes three weeks for a habit to form, so these will be the hardest days ahead of you – if you need to, leave your running trainers by the door so they’re the first thing you see when you walk in at the end of the day, or right by your bed so you can’t forget when the alarm goes off. If you are a runner and don’t want to commit to a gym membership, it’s worth keeping some equipment at home for the weather is particularly awful or when you need to mix it up a little bit. Shop for cross trainers at Argos to find the perfect at-home fitness solution.

Look good, feel good
Get yourself some on-trend workout wear to throw on when heading to the gym or to the pavements – if you feel good and are comfortable, you’ll spend more time concentrating on your intense session rather than adjusting that pesky bra strap that keeps twisting and digging.