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Best Ways to Get Buff Before a Wedding

Experts offer tips for shaping up for the wedding, whether you're the bride, a bridesmaid, or a guest.

Getting the Look That Lasts continued...

"With free weights, both sides of your body have to work equally hard, whereas with a machine the stronger side of your body will do the work for the weaker side -- so your weaker side remains weaker," she says. If you have a limited time to get in shape, building both sides of the body together gives you a more balanced appearance.

Finally, Forleo says, don't forget to include cardio in your wedding workout. 

"Not only can it help you burn fat, sweating will improve blood flow, remove toxins from the body and help the bride-to-be sleep better at night -- all factors that will lead to that glow being captured in the photos that will last a lifetime," she says.

Regardless of what activity you choose, the experts tell WebMD that 30-45 minutes a day, three to four days a week, is the maximum for pre-wedding workouts. And all say you should spend the day or two before the wedding concentrating on relaxation, not fitness.

Says Wrightington: "If a light workout helps you to relax, then that's what you should do. Otherwise, realize that whatever you're going to accomplish, fitness-wise, it's already done."

The final piece of advice: Fleming says to take a day or two to relax and reflect on the upcoming event, and the healthy new life you're about to begin!

 

Published June 6, 2007.

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