With all eyes – and cameras – on the happy couple on their wedding day, getting fit is a top priority for many brides-to-be, and a fair few grooms too.
Whether you want to lose weight, tone up or simply feel healthier for your big day, there are plenty of ways to get in shape and stay focused. SoGlos has eight suggestions to kick-start your new fitness regime.
Don’t convince yourself you’re going to lose an unrealistic amount of weight before your big day, it only heaps on the pressure at what can already be a stressful time. Instead set achievable goals for the time you have between now and your wedding day, so you don’t end up feeling burnt out before you say ‘I do’.
All brides’ targets will be different, but health experts advise that women should aim to lose between half and two pounds a week when embarking on a fitness regime. For more inspiration, discover 11 of the best ways to achieve your fitness goals.
While looking good in your wedding dress is one of the very best forms of fitness motivation, even brides-to-be can suffer from a lack of willpower when it comes to donning Lycra and hitting the gym.
Teaming up with a fitness-mad friend or a fellow bride is a great way to encourage each other to stick to a routine. If you know you’re meeting a friend for that 6.30am spin class, you’re much less likely to hit the snooze button.
While you’ve admittedly already got a lot on your plate planning the wedding, having an event to train for is a sure-fire way for you to commit to the healthy eating and exercise cause.
Signing up for a five or 10k race is not only achievable with training, but an enjoyable accomplishment – often for a great cause. For brides and grooms-to-be who want to set their targets even higher there are an array of extreme runs (think obstacles and mud galore) taking place in Gloucestershire throughout the year.
Tempting as it might be to live off a diet of rice cakes and miso soup in a bid to look your best, it’s not a sustainable or sensible approach and will most likely lead to hungry, cranky and tired brides.
Planning your meals for the week is one of the easiest ways to ensure you eat a healthy, balanced diet that doesn’t involve depriving yourself. Have a read of the raft of inspiring healthy food bloggers, from Deliciously Ella to Honestly Healthy, for recipes that make you look and, importantly, feel good.
If you find yourself exercising in your fiancé’s faded band t-shirt or an unflattering pair of leggings, then it might be time to update your workout kit. It’s amazing how investing in new gym clothes can affect your mentality.
Make sure you opt for breathable fabrics and don’t scrimp when it comes to buying a supportive sports bra. Neon is still a huge trend in sportswear fashion and a bright pair of trainers will instantly add a bit of cool to your gym bag.
When you wake up and really don’t feel like going for a run or to the gym, a quick scroll through your Instagram feed can do wonders for your motivation.
There are a host of Instagrammers who cram their accounts with inspiring images and diet and fitness ideas to help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Some of SoGlos’s favourites include Gloucestershire-based instagram.com/katyvanhem/ and
instagram.com/thesarahjanegriffiths along with instagram.com/hipandhealthyuk, instagram.com/yoga_girl, instagram.com/kayla_itsines, and instagram.com/sweatybetty.
The gym isn’t for everyone, so don’t force yourself to sign up if you don’t think you’ll stick to going. If you like the idea of working out in a group, consider outdoor bootcamps, which are a fun and challenging way to get an endorphin boost.
Find inspiration for your outdoor workout with our round up of alfresco exercise in Gloucestershire.
Getting the professional help of a personal trainer is not just for the A-listers and could be just the added motivation in the right direction you need.
The majority of gyms in Gloucestershire also offer the option of working out with a PT (usually in addition to membership fees). Discover our list of gyms in Gloucestershire and find somewhere close to you to go for a taster session.
Monday 14 January 2019
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