With the Summer upon us and my nuptials just 6 months away, I’ve been feeling more inspired than ever to nail down a health and fitness plan to be feeling my best for the big day. In the monthly lead up, I’m going to take a deeper dive into how I plan to get in shape, clean up my diet, regain my energy, and glow from the inside out on my wedding day.
And before we start, let’s get one thing straight. You do NOT need to lose weight or fit into a certain dress size to be worthy of love. But it’s been proven time and time again that exercise boosts endorphins to sky-high levels (bye-bye, bridezilla vibes) and stronger muscles will help you feel like you’re having your own red carpet moment as you walk down the aisle and say, “I do”.
These months leading up to your wedding should be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible! All of you brides-to-be out there, I invite you to join in with me as I follow these guidelines. Now, here we go, 6 months out you should….
With roughly 6 months up your sleeve, you have the potential to make significant changes to your personal fitness levels, even if you’re starting from scratch. These don’t have to be mammoth, life-defining events, 45-50 minute sessions 4-5 times per week should do it.
Make sure your workouts have a good mix of strength, cardio and core in every session. If possible, do both simultaneously using equipment such as dumbbells, kettle-bells, and other free weights that allow your body to move with load. To balance this out, add 1-2 sessions of yoga or a mobility class that use a roller and or massage balls into the mix for recovery. And don’t think of your ‘days off’ as lying on the couch watching Netflix. Use these ‘rest’ or ‘recovery’ days to walk or swim for 30-60 minutes. Even 1-2 two per week will help. You want to stay active, every day!
You can, of course, bump this workout plan up a notch as the big day gets closer, but start by setting goals that are realistic during this busy time of planning and events.
At 6 months out from the wedding, it’s a good idea to focus on whole foods that come in their most natural state. The best way to do this is to eliminate as many processed foods from your diet as possible. Focus on veggies, lean proteins, whole grains, with a moderate amount of good fats such as nuts and avocado oils. Make it a simple, easy-to-follow diet that you can stick to. If a glass of wine in the evenings is your vice, start to cut down on your alcohol intake and limit this to 1-2 times per week max. If weight loss is one of your goals, now is the time to get on top of your eating habits. Speak to a dietitian or nutritionist about getting a tailored eating plan to suit your lifestyle and dietary needs. Most importantly, be consistent in both your nutrition and training habits during this time.
Heightened anxiety can increase the amount of cortisol (a stress hormone) that your body will release – which is correlated with weight gain around the middle. In the lead up to a wedding make sure you’re in bed early averaging 7-8 hours of sleep per night and schedule a weekly yoga class. If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation, even a few minutes can restore your inner peace. My go-to app is Headspace. It’s important to self-assess how this ‘first’ month goes for you. Have you implemented a fitness and nutrition regime? If so, have you started to see results? What is your mindset? Do you anticipate any potential roadblocks? Stay tuned for our 5-month wedding plan as we start to delve into the finer details!
This article was written by Rochelle De Luca, co-founder of Sydney’s RE:UNIONTraining.