Welcome back to WEDDING WEEK! If you don’t count today, there are only 3 full days until the BIG DAY for my daughter Britta and her fiancé Neil! Yesterday we had one last planning session, just to make sure we weren’t forgetting anything, and today we are having a Mother-Daughter mani-pedi date. :-) Nice looking fingers and toes are important…but even MORE important to me is some one-on-one relaxation time with Britta. We have both had a crazy, busy summer and could use some pampering.
While I’m at the salon (and doing a million and one other last-minute things)….I have another special treat for you on the blog today! Since every bride wants to be beautiful on her wedding day…today’s tips are from Jared who blogs at CrossFit Biomechanics (and who just so happens to be our neighbor!) Jared is a Certified Personal Trainer and fitness professional in the field of biomechanics and human movement (basically, he knows his stuff!) Today he is giving us some of his professional advice for looking and FEELING your best on your wedding day!
It’s the day that every girl dreams about for years, sometimes decades, in advance. It’s the day that requires more planning than any other single day before or after it. And because of those high expectations and countless planning hours, it’s the day when we want everything to be perfect. The wedding day, as well as those leading up to and following it, are filled with mixed emotions, heightened stress, and any number of second-guesses and rethinks. The way you feel physically shouldn’t be the cause of added stress or anxiety.
Here are some tips to ensure that you look and feel your best on that most important of days.
1. Drink More Water
The number one piece of advice I give to everyone, regardless of their goal, is to drink more water (and no; diet soda, juice, coffee, tea, are not water) Water means water. Water detoxifies the body, clears skin and eyes, strengthens and adds sheen to nails and hair, de-stresses, and aides in healthy sleeping patterns. Water truly is nature’s beauty elixir. Aim to drink half of your body-weight in fluid ounces of water per day. Just remember to slow your swigging prior to the ceremony. You don’t want to have to run from the altar and have the groom think he’s been “dear-johned” for “the john.”
2. Eat Clean
You can’t expect to look like a million bucks on wedding day if you are eating off the dollar menu! Implement a nutrition program that you expect to continue after the big day. Avoid fad and crash diets and supplements and focus on eating real food with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables. Eliminate fast food, processed food, and foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat as they are the items that increase bloating, stress, and sluggishness as well as additional pounds. Remember, it’s NOT calorie quantity, but rather quality that makes the biggest difference in how you look and feel. In the month or 6 weeks leading up to your wedding day, set a more aggressive goal within your sustainable plan. For example, you could set a goal to become a vegan, or maybe completely eliminate ice cream etc., to assist you in accomplishing your short-term and long-term goals.
3. Stay Active
It is easy to find excuses to not exercise when you’re busy, but that’s when it is most important. Make finding time for exercise a top priority. Implement a sustainable fitness program that includes cardio, flexibility, and strength training. And don’t be afraid of weights! You’re NOT going to bulk up like the hulk, and to put it simply: muscle=metabolism. Frequently change up your routine. The definition of “insanity” applies to exercise; you can’t do what you have always done and expect different results. So ditch the sauna suit and your twenty minutes on the elliptical, and ask the nearest trainer what a “burpee” is. Excellent exercises for brides-to-be include total-body exercises that focus on areas that will be exposed in the dress like the shoulders and upper arms. A couple of favorites are kettlebell swings and squats with an overhead press using dumbbells, medicine ball, or barbell. Both exercises are calorie scorchers, and muscle sculpters!
4. De-stress Every Day
There are not many things in life as stressful as planning a wedding. Negative stress is associated with poor eating and exercise habits, leads to poor sleep, and can increase the chance of physical symptoms like gastro-intestinal problems, cold-sores, acne, etc.(Pretty much everything that you don’t want to happen on wedding day!) Schedule time every day to de-stress. Whether something as simple as scheduling time to take a deep breath, or doing guided imagery and meditation, taking time to de-stress daily goes a long way in helping you deal with pressure of a wedding.
5. Get Your Beauty Sleep
Last, but certainly not least, is getting enough sleep. Productivity during waking hours correlates directly with the number of quality sleeping hours each night. There is no magical amount for everyone, but as a start, aim for 7-8 hours a night.
These ideas, like wedding vows, work individually and collectively “for better or worse.” Before you get to the altar, say “I do” to your health!
Thank you Jared!
Britta has been working hard the last several months to be “fit” for her wedding day! I love this picture of her taken by the fabulous Isaac Wu. To me it says, “I’m ready for my “big day” and all the days ahead! :-)