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Many brides decide that getting married is an excellent reason to get in shape, which is excellent, but too many get overly stressed by restrictive regimes and diets that take the fun away from preparing for your big day. The below article outlines quick and easy, healthy routine shortcuts (minus the gym) and food tips that focus on increasing goodness in your diet, rather than restricting the food you love.
Getting in shape doesn’t have to mean an expensive gym membership or personal trainer and spending vast amounts on gym wear, so you feel confident doing so. The below simple tips will give realistic results, which you will be able to sustain and add into your daily routine long after your wedding.
Walking at a brisk pace, as if you have somewhere to get to, is a high calorie burning and cardio exercise. Start by aiming to complete 5,000 steps each day and then add 1,000 steps each week. To track your steps download a free pedometer on your phone to track your progress: Avoid too much hill walking which will bulk up muscles rather than developing lean, elegant legs.
If you work in an office, get walking by:
Core muscle exercises or fast-paced repetitions of certain exercise movements are an easy way to cram fitness in for those very short on time. Downtime points in your daily routine such as; running a bath, boiling a kettle, waiting for dinner to cook, coffee breaks, waiting for bus/train are perfect times to fit in some energy-boosting routines. Burpees, Star jumps and skipping are amongst the best HIIT exercises.
For those wanting to tone without getting a six pack to avoid crunches and instead do exercises that will strengthen the side oblique muscles.
Take up a new class with a friend who you rarely get to see in the working week, get swimming on stressful days of the week or take dance classes with your partner. The best way to add exercise into your life and sustain it is to do something you enjoy that adds to your life rather than restricts time for others. For cheap deals on classes try looking at your local gyms for introductory offers and discount websites such as; Groupon..
Dancing is recognised to be one of the most beneficial exercises for longevity, suppleness and overall well-being. Dancing burns calories and creates lean muscle rather than bulking up muscles. Dancing at home with music is also totally free and pretty easy – no expertise needed.
80% of getting into shape is dependent on the food you eat so making wise swaps and opting for nutrient foods is the best way to ensure your body burns calories but doesn’t burn out leaving you feeling drained. Below are some simple tips to get healthier while still enjoying good food:
Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate (70% or more) and put a couple of squares into your diet each day.