Pre-wedding work out tips

So you and your partner have finally done it. One of you popped the question, the big day has finally been set and now it’s crunch time, literally. Your wedding day may seem like it’s months, or in some cases, years away, but it will creep up on you quicker than you can say ”I do”. Fortunately, there is still plenty of time to whip you up into shape! I will describe a series of simple and fun, yet effective exercises, which can be performed individually, or better yet with your spouse-to-be. Exercising, eating well and maintaining your stress levels are going to be three big factors which will help you look even more incredible for your special upcoming day. Wedding costs are already high as it is so all of these exercises can be done at home with little or no equipment at all.

Below, you will find some of my “words of wisdom”. Read them before you start working out! Once you’re ready to sweat, you’ll find three exercises for each of the five focus body parts: legs, back, chest, shoulders and arms. The three exercises are identified as either beginner, intermediate, advanced or all levels, depending on how much fitness experience you have. I’ve attached a link for each exercise so you can check out how to do it in case you’re not sure. Keep note of the tips in brackets to also help you. If you’re still stuck, do a Google search of the name of the exercise and you’ll find a ton of resources!

Wandley’s Words of Wisdom

  • Stay hydrated! Drink water before, throughout and after your workout. Add some lemon slices or other fruit to spice it up.
  • Nourish your body! It’s important to make sure you’re nourishing your body with enough good food before and after workouts. Skipping meals will not help you achieve or sustain weight loss if that’s your goal!
  • Warm up! Your body needs to be warm before you start doing any exercising. A mix of static and dynamic stretches can be performed here. (ex. hamstring stretch, jumping jacks)
  • Stretch before and after your workout! Once you’re warmed up, stretch out your muscles. It’s important to do this after your workout as well in order to avoid or reduce injury, cramping and stiffness.
  • Do cardio! Get some easy cardiovascular work in by enjoying a brisk 20-30 min (or more, don’t be afraid to indulge here!) walk everyday and discuss wedding plans! I encourage you to do more intensive cardio if you can. Go for a jog, go for a swim or run up and down stairs in your home or outside.

Select one exercise per body part for you full body workout. Different levels have been identified, in order to accommodate each participant’s experience. All exercises should be performed consecutively, including a 90 second rest period in between each body part. Once completed, repeat the circuit at least once more for better results. Note that this circuit can be repeated more than twice if you have lots of energy. If you don’t have weights, no problem. Be creative by using anything around the house: phone book, full grocery bags, bottles (laundry detergent, 2L drink bottles). No excuses!

By: Wandley Altidor

If you have any questions about the above exercises, fitness, or if you’d like a custom workout plan, feel free to email me at wandleya@hotmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you and helping YOU get in shape!