He went down on one knee, and you said yes! Months down the line, here you are, about to exchange vows. Doesn’t time fly?
The date is marked, the venue is decided, the plans are underway…the countdown is on! Buuuut, as much as everything’s going your way, you’re still far from content with how your body looks.
You are not alone; many women have been (trust me, even right now someone somewhere is) in such a tight spot, anxious about how they’ll look in their wedding dress on that big day.
I know how unsettling this feels, and frankly, it doesn’t have to. After all, you’re not under any pressure to have a rock-hard butt. You just need to give it a slight ramp-up so it jiggles nicely 😉
Before you say yes to the dress, here’s a helpful wedding workout plan that will give you a stunning look as you walk down the aisle.
The clock is ticking, so let’s get right into this and get you toned up nicely.
How Soon before Your Wedding should you Start Working out?
This could be the one thing freaking you out the most. Is it too late, is there still enough time left to make a noticeable change, is this even gonna work?
While it’s not such a good idea to wait until the last minute to go all out on training and dieting, planning for a wedding means being super busy. So it’s no surprise that you probably haven’t thought about this until now.
However, it’s advisable to start working on your fitness anywhere between 2 and 6 months out. Considering all you have to handle, I will keep this simple and share with you a blueprint for starting at only 2 months out and still tone that body to perfection – well, perfect enough for the big day.
In a Nutshell; How do You Get in Shape on Your Wedding Day?
For those of you who want a quick rundown of the basics, here are some take-away tips that will come in handy.
- Have a well laid-out plan to go by
- Stick to the plan and be consistent
- Have a buddy on hand to workout with
- Eat healthily and drink lots of water
- Make it fun
The last one is very important, especially since wedding planning can in and of itself be quite hectic. Try to make your exercise sessions as fun as they can get to enjoy a moment of let off from all the hustle and bustle.
How to Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day
Instead of burning money on a fancy gown thinking it could make a difference, why not try working up a sweat and toning your body to look the way you want? The good news is, that’s very possible, with the right workout for the right dress.
So yeah, if you are still undecided on what to wear on that day (choosing the most beautiful dress is never easy anyway) then start by focusing on the part that you want to show to the world.
Let’s look at some easy workouts that can help you focus on particular sections that will look super awesome with the dress of your choice.
Upper body/ arm workout – for the strapless dress
If you’ve always been proud of your upper body, and mostly the arms, then you can go ahead and focus on that. This will make you look hot in a strapless dress, which mostly exposes your upper body, more specifically the shoulders and the arms.
For these, do the following exercises thrice a week;
- Plank shoulder traps – 2 sets of 20 reps
- Cleavage and shoulder sculptor – 2 sets of 10 reps
- Upper-back chiseler – 2 sets of 16 reps
Target Your Core – For the A-line and Sleeveless Dress
Women usually want to look skinny, but it just so happens that most of us have this lingering thought at the back of our heads, “How can I look skinnier on my wedding day?” Thankfully, you can work on that too with several core workouts that torch a few calories and tone the arms as well as legs.
Here are some of the most effective ones;
- Side planks
- Dance cardio
- Oblique twists
Cardio and strength training – For a Ball Gown
You probably have envied women wearing a ball gown on their wedding day, but did you know that it takes the curves and that hourglass silhouette to give them that stunning look?
If you are hell-bent on getting this fabulous gown, then you should work on trimming your waist as far as it can go with these workouts.
- Cardio – like dance aerobics
- Spin classes
- HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
Hip workout – for Mermaid dress
Other wedding dress options that look just as elegant include the mermaid dress. This one is awesome for showing off your shapely hips. If you love the fit-and-flare sleek design of this dress, then get down to these workouts.
- Standing slow sidekick
- Hip raises
- Balancing squat
- Shifting side lunge
- Alternating side jump
- Hinging deadlift
Leg workout – for a short dress
Another great, but quite unconventional one is the short dress, which can be as elegant as it is outstanding. This means, however, that you will need to show off some nicely toned, feminine legs.
For this, you will need to do a cardio workout among other leg exercises;
Wedding Beauty Timeline – 2 Month Wedding Workout Plan
Now that you know most of the exercises that you need to stick to, let’s go ahead and pan them out in a 2-month wedding workout plan so you won’t get overwhelmed.
2 Months out
you can start working out earlier than two months, but even at this time you can still get down and sweaty and achieve a great deal of toning. By this time all the stress from your wedding plans has likely hit an all-time high.
Set aside about 4 to 5 times a week for strength training and full-body cardio workouts. Some cardio dance classes will also come in handy to get your heart pumping and burn calories.
But more importantly, this is not only fun, but it also helps release endorphins hence elevating your mood in these stressful times.
One Month Out
With just a month to the date, your stress levels are still going to be pretty high, but that shouldn’t stop you from pushing on. Experts advise that you throw in a mix of tai chi workouts or boxing classes into your workout to lighten things up a notch.
This isn’t the time to indulge in sugary stuff, processed foods, and alcohol. Instead, swap these with green smoothies, and supplements. Still on diet, if you feel that you need a boost in your brainpower, salmon and eggs help big time.
One week to go!
Time flies by, and before you know it, you are counting days. The good news is, if you’ve been consistent in your workout plan, you are already seeing results by this time.
Press on! Work out 5 times through the last week, but be keen not to slip into burnout. If stress levels are becoming a hindrance, veer more towards doing yoga sessions instead of HIIT ones.
And, don’t let up on your diet trajectory, stay away from sodas, white flour, processed foods, alcohol, and sugary stuff.
For those struggling with increased stress levels, consider adding foods high in calcium to your diet to improve your sleep quality. Also, you will need green juice rich in antioxidants to help cleanse your liver and maintain the look of your skin.
The juice should be rich in beetroot, milk thistle, dandelion, turmeric, and artichoke, but you can decide whether to mix them all up or gulp them individually.
On the Big Day
Finally, the big day is here! All the effort is paying off, and you are looking like the toned you that you wanted. But there’s a good chance that the good results and looking at the new-proud-you in the mirror aren’t helping calm your nerves.
Luckily, you don’t have to walk the aisle being nervy. If you can, a 10-minute dance cardio session or a short run could help you relax, get your blood flowing, and spark a surge of energy within.
To Wrap Up, Let’s Answer Some More Common Questions
Besides everything we’ve covered, there are still a few questions that keep popping up, if you still need some more details, go ahead and see if the answer is below.
How early should I start exercising?
The earlier the better, but mostly getting things on the road about 2 to 3 months out should give you enough time to perfect on the different sections that you need to perfect. Some start as early as 6 months, but it’s all up to you.
How often should I exercise for my wedding day?
Depends on how busy you are, and how much effort you have to put into your workout journey. However, it would be safe to shoot for about five days per week. This will help keep you in the cycle, without burning out or dedicating all your time to training.
Should I train with my partner?
That depends too. Likely, your partner doesn’t live next door, and when you factor in the travel time needed, it might not be very feasible considering all the preparations that need your attention. That said, if you have a close buddy that you can work out with, then why not? They can urge you on when the going gets tough.
Do I need to go to the gym?
That’s up to you! While some of these workouts can require the use of some equipment, most of them are just dumbbells and resistance bands, which you can use at home. A good chunk of the exercises can be done with just the use of your body weight. So you can decide whether to hit the gym or do this at home.
I’m too stressed I can’t concentrate on a workout, what should I do?
If stress is taking a toll on your focus, don’t worry. How about trying hot yoga? This will help you switch things up some and relax from those punishing strength and cardio exercises.
This also eases up your nerves. One more thing, drink lots of water, stay hydrated to enhance your focus, and keep your body operating at its best.