Most people want to look and feel amazing on their big days, and sometimes having a wedding date on the calendar is good motivation for going to the gym and getting into a fitness routine.
Maybe you work out regularly but you want to kick it up a notch, or you haven’t been to the gym in a while and want to get back in the swing of things. The best way to find success is to find a workout plan that you like and have someone commit to doing it with you. (And who’s a better workout partner than your own future spouse?)
If you want to lose a little bit of weight or feel healthier before your wedding day, it’s important to start as early as possible (at least six months in advance of your date) so that you don’t feel the pressure to do two-a-days or skimp on eating closer to the date. Remember to always approach exercise and eating habits in a healthy and balanced way.
Before you begin your pre-wedding workout plan, remember this: you are perfect the way that you are, and you will look beautiful/handsome/sexy on your wedding day. Exercising is important and should be part of your day-to-day life, but don’t go into this workout plan with the mindset that you “must” lose weight or tone up before your big day.
Now that you’ve committed to getting healthy before your wedding, here’s a sample pre-wedding workout routine for brides or grooms.
Six Months Before The Wedding Day
The key is to start slow, so that you don’t get overwhelmed and quit before you’ve finished the first week. Your main goal in the beginning is just to commit to working out two to three times a week. If you belong to a gym, that’s obviously the easiest way to get in exercise, as you’ll have access to all the strength training equipment and cardio machines, but you can still do a lot of exercise at home (even in a small apartment) with little to no equipment.
In the first month of your pre-wedding workout plan you should try to commit to doing about 30 minutes of cardio at least two to three times per week, plus a little bit of strength training.
Cardio could consist of the following:
- Fast-paced walking
- Jump roping
Generally, the idea is that you should be hitting your target heart rate during your exercise period. (Your target heart rate depends a lot on how much you weigh, how old you are, and how tall you are, etc. You can look up this information or talk to your doctor if you have questions.)
Your strength training should start out small as well and should consist of no more than a couple of leg exercises (squats, lunges), arm exercises (lifting weights, rowing, push-ups), and core exercises (crunches, sit-ups). Do no more than two sets of ten, at least until you get into the swing of things. Remember, don’t push yourself too hard in the beginning. You’re just trying to form habits at this point.
Five to Three Months Before the Wedding Day
Now that you’ve had about four weeks of working out under your belt, you should start to feel a little stronger and perhaps that you even look forward to your workout sessions (or at least you feel weird when you don’t work out). You’re at the point now where it’s time to kick things up a notch. During this two-month stretch, try to challenge yourself. Continue doing 30 minutes of cardio, but increase the intensity (slowly) and start working out four days a week instead of just three.
As for your strength training, try mixing things up a little by taking group exercise classes like Zumba, yoga, or a cycling class. If it’s warm outside, see if there is a place you can rent kayaks in your city and row around for 30 minutes. Increase all of your strength training exercises from two sets of 10 to three sets of 20.
From Two Months up to Your Wedding Day
At this point, exercise has become a part of your everyday life. You’re likely feeling stronger, and maybe even noticing a difference on the scales or in the way that your pants fit. Continue to keep it up—the big day is almost here! As your schedule gets busier, you may find that it’s more difficult to fit in exercise. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have to miss, but try to do as much as you can when you can.
For the cardio portion of your exercise routine, increase the amount of time to 40 minutes. Try mixing things up so that you don’t get bored. For example, one day you might want to jog, but the next day you’ll sit down at an exercise bike. Always try to keep your body guessing—this is key.
For your strength training, increase your reps to four sets of 30. Strength training is also a place where you should feel free to change things up a bit. For example, you may have just been doing plain old crunches or sit-ups for your core exercises, which is great, but try to look up new exercises online so that you can keep building strength and use new muscles.
And remember—once your wedding day has come and gone, don’t give up your new exercise routine. Keep implementing it into your life, and keep involving your spouse. Keeping fit together is a great way to bond and stay happy and healthy.