With warmer months quickly approaching, wedding season is right around the corner. Do you have a son, daughter or family member tying the knot this year? With all eyes on you and your family, it’s no wonder that family members of the bride and groom feel pressured to look their best for the big day.
The thought of family photographs being passed down from generation to generation can fill many people with anxiety, but if you plan ahead and take a few steps to improve your health and confidence for the wedding day, you’ll have nothing to worry about!
Where do you even start?
If you’re not already active and incorporating fitness into your daily routine, it’s time to start. Keep it simple and focus on three different types of training:
- Strength training.
Weight training helps improve your strength, posture and overall health. It can visibly tone your body and help you see results faster. For beginners, start with your own body weight and incorporate squats, lunges and wall push-ups into your workout routines.
- Aerobic exercise.
If you’re looking to get more fit for those family photographs, you’ll want to get moving and be more active. This doesn’t mean that you have to run miles and miles on the treadmill every day. Find activities you enjoy and make the effort to do them 3-4 times a week. These activities could include walking, biking or jogging enough to work up a sweat for 15-30 minutes.
This is incredibly important for maintaining flexibility and range of motion in the joints. If you’re not used to training on a regular basis, this will also help decrease your chances of injury and help with muscle soreness as your training intensifies. Stretching can also help you tone muscles and build core strength.
Now that you know more about the type of training needed to prepare for the big day, how do you know when to start? Timing and consistency are important. Once the date is set, plan to start about 12 weeks from that set date. Recovery time should be factored in so that your body isn’t pushed too hard too fast. Look at your schedule and try to plan 3-4 days of activity a week.
If you’re worried about staying on track, consider working with a personal trainer. A personal trainer can work with you on your own specific needs and limitations. They will hold you accountable and help you keep track of your results with your end goal and date in mind. If you’re looking for one-on-one personal training, consider visiting your nearest Fitness Together studio. Our certified, professional trainers will make sure you reach your goal by the time those special couples say “I do.”