So you’ve got a few months left before the big day and you’re ready to be in the best shape possible for your wedding dress (not to mention that dream honeymoon in the Cayman Islands). It can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start on the fitness journey – what exercises should you focus on? What’re you supposed to eat between cake and catering tastings? While regular activity and a well-rounded diet are great first steps to your dream body, you might want to focus on the particulars to give your dress that extra oomph while you walk down the aisle.
Focus on your shoulders and arms. The rest of you will be fitted snugly under all that material, so it’s the top half the guests will notice most. Enrolling in regular yoga or boxing classes can be a fun way for you to focus on these body parts, but if you’re a little tight on money and time some at-home workouts may be your best option. Try rotating between push-ups, weight lifting and planks on top of your regular cardio 3-4 times a week.
If your dress is STRAPLESS/BACKLESS…
Watch your back! Although you won’t be able to see it very well, your back is what most of your guests will be looking at as you walk down the aisle and pose for pictures. Tone it up with yoga and pilates, or incorporate some triceps dips and overhead triceps extensions into your normal weight-training routine. Just remember to be careful, as it’s easy to use the wrong muscles for these routines and therefore strain your back.
It’s all about the butt. This style will accentuate your curves more so than any other style, so your booty deserves all the attention. Dabbling in recreational sports like volleyball can really work wonders, but if you’re looking for something a little less interactive then squats and lunges are your new best friends. Have you tried the squat challenge yet?
If your dress is A-LINE style…
It may be wise to put some focus on your abs. Your dress won’t be as full as a ball gown would be, and therefore it’s important for the dress to sit well on your body. Again, yoga and pilates can be your best weapons if you’re willing to shell out the time, money, and focus, but if you opt for the DIY approach make sure your work-outs contain plenty of crunches, V-ups, planks, Russian twists, and, of course, sit-ups.
Good luck, and have fun in your new bikini-ready body!
by Stefanie Cimini