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Whether you’re newly engaged or just months away from your wedding date, it’s not unlikely that you’re starting to worry about looking your best on your big day. Well, if the mere mention of the gym makes you feel exhausted or the idea of a strict diet plan causes your tummy to rumble, we’re here to help.
Today, with a little help from our friends over at Start Fitness, we’ll be offering up 5 easy ways for you to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, helping you get into shape and feel your very best by the time you say ‘I do’.
- Make more of your ‘down time’
While a summer wedding might encourage you to spend more time outside, there’s no reason you can’t get out and about at other times of the year, too. From sunny spring days to crisp autumn afternoons, make the most of the lead-up to your big day by immersing yourself in nature.
If you’re just starting to plan your wedding, this can be the perfect way to scout out everything from flowers to venues – but wedding aside, there will certainly be ways to put your weekends to better use. Whether you’re walking to the supermarket or undertaking some pre-wedding DIY, once you start looking, you’ll soon find there are various ways to incorporate your weekends into your fitness plans.
- Switch up your commute
All too often, many of us get sucked into the everyday routine of the 9-5 – which can mean that we often carry out an activity or reach a destination with little recollection of how it happened or how we got there. If this sounds like you, this is a perfect time to start paying attention!
If your office is within walking distance, resist the temptation to take the car and allow yourself enough time to walk in instead. Alternatively, consider other methods of getting from A to B. Even if you’re only able to cycle or jog to work once a week, you’ll soon start to reap the physical and mental rewards associated with changing up your routine.
- Take a couples’ trip
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If your relationship is well and truly in the pre-wedding honeymoon stage, you’ll probably find that you’re spending much of your free time together – and this provides the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy some exercise as a couple.
Getting active doesn’t have to be strenuous or unpleasant – with a little creative thinking, you’ll soon find something that suits you both. Whether you’re getting out together on your bikes, planning a hike and picnic or trying out a new sport, seek out a form of exercise that’s fun for you both – as this way, it won’t feel like exercise at all!
- Move more, sit less
Whether it’s taking the stairs instead of the lift or simply getting up from your desk during the working day, you might be surprised at how much making an effort to move more can impact your overall fitness. Regardless of your end goal – whether it’s to lose weight or simply feel better about yourself – this is a simple and easy way to get active.
If you’re serious about spending more time moving, you could consider investing in activity-tracking wristwear. Many of these devices allow you to keep an eye on steps walked and calories burned, and will also give you gentle reminders to get up and walk – ideal if you work in a job where you find yourself not moving for long periods of time.
- Combine chores with exercise
If you’re already in the throes of planning your big day, you’ll be all too aware of how time-consuming calls with florists, meetings with your wedding planner and endless chats with caterers can be – but rather than sitting stagnant as you tick yet another thing off your ‘to do’ list, why not get moving?
If you’re fortunate enough to have a treadmill at home, jump on and walk as you make those all-important phone calls. Alternatively, step outside and pound the pavements as you discuss the finishing touches to the menu. Basically, if you’re on the phone, why not make sure you’re moving, too?
With an upcoming wedding day often comes the pressure to slim down and tone up – but with these top tips, you can take the stress out of feeling great in time for your big day.
Alex Jones is a features writer for Start Fitness – providers of running, cycling, gym, football and outdoor products.