Getting in shape for your big day
EVERY year around this time of the year I like to write an article about fitness and getting ready for a wedding.
Spring is always a time of love and it is the most popular time of the year for proposals, engagements and weddings.
Last year I was inspired by a family in the gym who were getting ready for a wedding.
But this year wedding fever is even closer to my heart as my oldest daughter became engaged recently and we are now getting ready for a December wedding, which is only a few short months away!
This is going to be a special time in our family as this will be the first happy celebration in our family since we lost my Paul and Imogen three and a half years ago.
I know already that this will be a time of mixed emotions for us all - especially for my daughter.
But I am also excited that she is moving forward in her life and is ready to begin a new journey with her partner.
Planning and preparing for your wedding can be both the most exciting and most stressful time of your life, already we are making bookings and co-ordinating the entire day, thinking about the venue, food, the dress - there seems an endless list of things that need to be attended to.
But high on my list is to assist and motivate my daughter to be feeling happy confident about herself for her big day.
I want her to look back and smile at her photos as they are the memories she will forever hold dear in heart.
I know this as I treasure my own wedding day very much.
Over the years I have found that often the bride and groom envision they are going to be "trim, taut and terrific" for the wedding, but as an oversight they place very little emphasis on making the necessary dietary and fitness changes until the very last stages of wedding preparation.
This often results insufficient time for the bride and groom to achieve what they hoped.
With only four months to prepare for the wedding, already Emily is making significant changes to her nutrition and exercise routine.
Some health and fitness tips to think about when getting ready for the big day:
- Make your goals realistic and achievable
- Don't leave it until the last minute to start exercising and dieting. Start at least six months in advance of the wedding date. This will not only give you plenty of time to get physically ready for the big day, but will also help you cope mentally with the added stress created when planning an event of such magnitude
- Focus on both nutrition and exercise to achieve your fitness goals. By incorporating both, you will achieve your goals for the wedding at a much quicker rate.
- Personal training is a perfect option to create body transformation for a wedding. Trainers are able to tailor personalised training session specific to your individual goals and provide the constant encouragement and motivation to stay on track.
- Consider group training for the entire wedding party - not only will it make it more cost-effective, as most gyms or trainers will offer a cheaper group training rate, it is also a fun way for the entire wedding party to get in shape and look fabulous for the event. Group training also provides the opportunity for the wedding party to bond and create more memories leading up to the big day.
Weddings happen all year 'round but spring is always considered to be the most popular season for romance, commitment and for wedding celebrations, and with spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time of the year to start getting in shape for that special day... and someone.
As Emily's mum I am excited for her upcoming wedding and her future and I can't wait to share in her special day with her - this is all about creating new family memories and living life.
I believe that in order to do this you need to be the healthiest and fittest that you can be.