How to Get Fit & Stay Healthy for Your Big Day

By Olga Thorn

Getting ready for your big day is not always easy. The pressure to be your most fit self is real, and no one wants to be remembered as the starving woman who made Bridezilla look like an angel. Women always ask me how to get in the best shape possible for their wedding, so I’m going to break it down for you.

First of all, this is not the time for a crash diet; it’s time for a healthy diet. Instead of downing protein bars and fake food, choose fresh fruits and vegetables that rate low on the glycemic index. Dump the bananas and pineapple, and try apples, berries and oranges instead. Forget potatoes and opt for filling foliage, squash, mushrooms and onions. Choose small portions of lean protein (like chicken, fish or protein drinks), large salads, large servings of veggies and skip the butter. Lastly, drink water like it’s your job. Add a lemon or orange slice for flavor.

In order to create a lean and healthy look, you want to go for activities that are not overly strenuous. Running six miles a day or power lifting with heavy weights could create more stress and swelling in your body than anything. Wedding planning alone is stressful enough! But don’t mistake this for a free pass. You want to focus on building long, lean muscles with exercises that use your own body weight. Practicing vinyasa-based yoga two or three days per week will burn fat, trim the torso and make your arms look perfect in any wedding dress. Activities like cycling, walking or light jogging for 45 minutes will be most effective as well.

Not only will you be more likely to keep up with a regular schedule of these activities, but you are more likely to keep them up after the big day. You want to establish healthy exercise and eating patterns with your hubby-to-be now, so you don’t outgrow your wedding dress (and entire wardrobe) during the honeymoon phase. As a couple you want to invest in your health, for you and the sake of your future children!

Olga Thorn is the owner of OM Yoga in Myrtle Beach, an Executive Director at Beautycounter and happily married with three children.

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  • Olga ThornOlga Thorn is the owner of OM Yoga in Myrtle Beach, an Executive Director at Beautycounter and happily married with three children.

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