There’s a lot to plan before your wedding, including everything from the venue to the pre-wedding events to the cake. But there’s also another plan that you might be trying to figure out: your fitness plan. Many brides and grooms dream of feeling and looking their best on their special day, which might prompt them to seek out various diet and exercise plans. While every body is different and requires different needs (for example, some might want to shed weight while others might want to tone up), it’s best to have some sort of plan in place that will keep you as balanced, organized, and efficient as possible. Ideally, you should begin your new fitness journey as soon as you know your wedding date, or six months beforehand. This way, you don’t run the risk of crash dieting and overexercising that could do more harm than good. With that in mind, below are some helpful tips and advice on how to create a fitness plan before your wedding.
1. Know What Your Goal Is
Is it to lose 15 pounds? Is it to lose a certain amount of inches around your waist? Is it to tone and/or bulk up? Before starting any fitness plan, it’s important to know what your goal is. Get specific. Another good tip when figuring out your goal: What’s your why? “Looking good on your wedding day” is a bit vague, which is why you might want to dig a little deeper. Is it to feel more energized? To fit into a certain dress that you’ve been eyeing? Don’t be afraid to get honest with yourself.
2. Give Yourself Deadlines
Yes, the end goal is the date of your wedding, but often when we use big long-term goals, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and fall off track. By breaking down your main goal into mini-goals, you’ll feel not only more motivated to follow through with your plan, but you’ll be able to see your progress and document just how strong and capable you really are. Break up your deadlines weekly and then monthly. For example, your weekly goal might be to attend three fitness classes this week. And then maybe for your first month’s goal, you could include completing 10 push-ups in a row or running two miles without stopping.
3. Buy a Workout Journal
With a workout journal, you’ll be able to record the type of workouts you’re committing to during the week, which is a great way to keep accountable. It’s also a great way to track your progress, which will keep you motivated and on track. For example, if you’re doing weekly weight training sessions, record how many sets and reps you’ve been doing along with your maximum weight. You might even keep a fitness agenda that includes all the fitness classes or the times you plan to hit the gym. A workout journal is a great keepsake to look back on. You’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come when your six months is over.
4. Anticipate the Months Ahead
In addition to your workout journal, look at your calendar to see what you’ve got going on. As your wedding day nears, you will have more parties and showers to attend, which means lots of temptations to eat and drink things that may not get you closer to your fitness and/or health goals. See how in the weeks before your bachelorette party, for example, you might amp up your workouts and reduce your cheat meals so you can enjoy yourself at the party without feeling any guilt. Add this into your workout journal so you can stay on track.
5. Assess Your Progress
After each month, assess your progress. Have you been consistent with your weekly and monthly goals? How are you feeling overall? Is there something else you can add to help you reach your goal, like another fitness class or maybe eating more healthy meals? Also, resist being too hard on yourself. Be realistic, but give yourself credit for trying. When we feel good about ourselves, we do better.
Creating a fitness plan for your wedding doesn’t need to be complicated. Establishing goals while tracking your progress and anticipating what’s coming ahead will enable you to stick to a fitness plan that works and to achieve the wedding body of your dreams.