Over the next three weeks Wedding Wednesday post will be dedicated to getting in shape for your wedding. Fitness trainer Muhamed Hack was kind enough to put together seven effective workouts to get you looking and feeling your best for the big day!
Planning and organizing your own wedding can be equally as exciting as it is stressful. The dress, the food, the cake, the location, the invitations, the guests, the date, the groom, and more, the list seems endless. All of these factors play into a swirling mess of details that you, as the bride, with your endless supply of patience, must sort through. This doesn’t leave much time in your day to try to get into the best shape of your life. After all, it is YOUR wedding.
As a personal trainer, I am frequently asked about specific exercises that target problem areas for women. These include, the belly, the legs, butt, arms, and back. There are several exercises that target these muscle groups that are simple and can be done just about anywhere. This list features recommendations, which, if done regularly, will to help get you on your way to a leaner and fitter you, just in time for the big day!
NOTE: Before attempting any of these exercises, please consult with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough for physical exercise.
Exercise #1: Walking (Belly, Legs, Butt)
COUNT: Walk for 20 – 30 minutes for starting, 2 – 3 times per week.
- Most people think that running will do the trick but most people are also not runners. My recommendation, walk. Walk far, walk fast, and swing those arms. An average person can burn about 100 calories per mile just by walking so put on some comfortable shoes, grab a bottle of water, and hit those trails. Don’t look for the easy way out, either. Tackle hills, climb steps, and find a partner that will keep you accountable. If you’re new to walking, start small. As your endurance level increases, walk for longer periods. Continue setting progressive goals and stick with them.
Exercise #2: The Dreaded Burpie (Belly, Legs, Butt, Arms, and Back)
COUNT: 12 – 15 Burpies with a 30 second to 1 minute break in between.
- Few exercises are as effective (or as dreaded) as the Burpie. This is an excellent exercise that can be modified in any number of ways but targets many of your major muscle groups. To test your stamina, do as many as you can in 1 minute, then try to beat that record on your next test. To do a Burpie, start from a standing position, feet about shoulder width apart. From there, there are 4 basic steps:
- Squat straight down from your knees (not your hips) until your hands can touch the floor.
- Plant your hands and kick both of your legs behind you so that you are in a plank or pushup position (from your head to your feet, your body should form a nice solid diagonal line).
- As a way to make this more challenging, a modification here would be to do 1 – 2 pushups once your feet are in place.
- Jump your feet forward so that they land in between your hands.
- Stand up back to the starting position and repeat the motions.
- Another modification here would be to jump up, rather than just stand up, and raise your arms over your head.
Come back next week, for part two of our wedding fit series
Special Thank you to Muhamed Hack Personal Trainer and owner of Fit for you Fitness for guest blogging this series and for providing useful information to my readers!