Getting into shape for the big day on a budget

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For many of us, it’s the most important day of our life. We spend our young adulthood thinking about the moment when we tie the knot with someone and bring them along for a lifetime journey of happiness and love, and the celebration is just the beginning. While we know we’ll be flawless in the eyes of our loved ones, it’s understandable that we want to look our best for the big day – being “wedding day fit” is at the top of the to-do list for brides and grooms alike.

 

Doing it on a budget: go green

 

You’ll already be splashing out the cash for the big day, and anything you can achieve on a budget is an instant grab. Fortunately, getting fit doesn’t have to be expensive – it just takes a little time and commitment to achieve the body you want.

 

The fact that the best exercise we can do is free should be enough motivation right there. You can walk, hike, jog, run, bike, kayak, cross-country ski, and engage in a number of other outdoor activities that enhance your cardio as well as improve stamina, strength, and endurance (once you have put in the initial costs of your gear and accessories, and paid for resort passes where necessary). We are lucky to live in a big, beautiful country with lots of gorgeous locales in rural and urban settings, so get out into the open and enjoy a little greenery (which is also fantastic for your health), spend time with friends and family, or take time to clear your head during the workout (great for improving the mind); this beats a sweaty gym any day.

 

Going green also means making conscientious choices about your lifestyle. Consider leaving your car at home whenever possible and walking to work, the store, or other locations if you are able. Save money and invest in a healthy diet. Fresh, delicious organic fruits and veg are readily available at supermarkets and can also be purchased at special food stores and local farmers’ markets for bargain prices. They are also a great way to boost your overall health as well as give your skin, hair, and nails the nutrients they need to be stunning on that big day. Combine this with cutting out the fatty foods as well as alcohol, and you’re good to go.

 

Be consumer-savvy

 

Look around and you can take advantage of some truly great deals – whether it’s grabbing a promotion for a gym (rather than paying full membership) or a sale at the sports and leisure store. You can also find a lot of excellent deals online offering exercise equipment and body accessories that help to tone your muscles and define your shape, such as the Genie HourGlass Slimming Shaper. These help women of different body types to contour that gorgeous corset look without the actual pain of wearing a corset, and help get the body into the perfect wedding shape while losing pounds.

 

Where additional toning is needed, consider buying equipment such as weights and presses second-hand. These can be bought for cheap and found under the classifieds in the local paper and online, and you can always sell them after use if you don’t wish to keep using them in the long term. This also means you can do your workouts at home and avoid a gym membership altogether.

 

Alternatively (or additionally), ditch the weights completely and focus on these key body-toning workouts:

 

  • Partial body pushups.
  • Jumping jacks.
  • Chair crunches.
  • Chair dips.

 

Once again, you can utilize the power of the internet and find some great exercise workout videos on YouTube and other sites at no cost. Don’t be afraid to have fun with them, either – you can learn belly dancing, practice Zumba, and even freestyle as ways of keeping fit. One of the best and most invigorating forms of exercise is dancing. It’s great for cardio and muscle toning, and, best of all, it’s highly enjoyable and sociable, which makes it easier for you to stay on track with your new exercise regime and bust some serious moves at the wedding with all eyes watching.

 

It might seem like a huge, scary goal at first, but fitness is easier than you think. Keep yourself disciplined and make a schedule that you can stick to, starting out simple and gradually increasing it to push your levels. Don’t be afraid to get your partner to join in – it’s a great way to motivate, challenge, and support one another, and come the big day, you’ll both be ready.

 

 

Sarah Pinkerton

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