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...
"These two pieces of equipment can give you a really effective workout
for your core, and tone all your basic muscle groups, including your shoulders
and upper back," she says.
For example, she says, by sitting on a stability ball and lifting dumbbells
above your head, you're not just working out your arms and upper back, but
engaging your core muscles – the area in your midsection.
"Essentially, sitting on the ball forces you to work more muscle groups.
You improve your posture, you pull in your abs, and you burn more calories as
well," she says.
Fleming also advocates the use of free weights over resistance
machines because, she says, "you can't cheat."
"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
"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
Published June 6, 2007.