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You Will Need
- Cardio workouts
- A giant exercise ball
- A set of 3- or 5-lb. dumbbells
- A sensible eating plan
Give yourself six months
Ideally, you should begin your pre-wedding fitness routine at least six months before the big day. But don’t worry if you don’t have that long—every bit helps.
Step up your cardio
Do some form of cardiovascular exercise (like running, walking, or biking) for 20 minutes a day, at least three days a week.
Limit calories to what your body burns in a day, about 2,000 on average. Consume fewer if you want to lose a few pounds. Cutting sugar and white foods (white bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes) from your diet will help you slim down.
Get an exercise ball
Get a large exercise ball and do 50 sit-ups every day—25 in the morning and 25 at night. Besides flattening your tummy, these also will help you be more graceful on your wedding day by strengthening your core.
Do push-ups every day
Do push-ups every day so your arms are buff when they hold that bouquet. Start with eight and work up to 20.
Beef up your biceps
Beef up your biceps with dumbbell curls. Start with weights in your hands, arms straight at your side, palms facing in. Slowly raise them toward you so they end with your palms facing toward you. Do three sets of 12.
Tone your triceps
Tone your triceps with dumbbell kickbacks. Hold a dumbbell in one hand and kneel down on a bench with the opposite knee and hand. Slowly extend your arm all the way back. Repeat 12 times, then repeat with opposite arm. Do three sets.
Firm the back of arms
Firm the back of your arms with triceps extensions. Hold a dumbbell over your head with two hands; raise and lower it behind your head. Do three sets of 12.
Shape up your shoulders and back
Shape up your shoulders and back with dumbbell presses. Hold dumbbells with your arms bent so your hands are level with your shoulders. Extend them to the ceiling and then bring them back down. Do three sets of 12.
Tone your legs
Tone your legs with squats. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, a dumbbell in each hand. Lower your body as if you’re going to sit in a chair, then slowly stand back up. Do three sets of 12.
Work your legs with lunges. Stand with your feet together, a dumbbell in each hand. Slowly lunge forward, then return to original position. Do this twelve times. Do three sets.
De-bloat before the wedding
De-bloat 72 hours before the wedding by cutting out all salt and drinking lots of water. Now go have the time of your life!