Fatima Batook’s Top Fitness Tips for Brides
As a female fitness enthusiast and instructor, I’m constantly asked by brides-to-be, how to stay fit especially as that big day approaches. Of course, it will come as no surprise that the biggest motivator you can give a girl to get fit is how she will look in her wedding dress!
For all the future brides out there, here are my tried, tested and simple tips which I hope will help you achieve your fitness goals.
Tip #1: BE REALISTIC
Setting a big fitness goal can help get you motivated but be careful, if you aim too high, you'll only be setting yourself up for failure and frustration. Be honest with yourself and put a reasonable target that is attainable in the time frame you have till your wedding day. The most common goal is to look good in your wedding dress so ensure you get the right size and not one that is three sizes smaller! The risk is if you set an unrealistic goal and don’t reach it, it will only frustrate you in addition to all the other wedding preparations you will be dealing with.
Remember, not every bride must be a size two on her wedding day.
Tip #2: WORKOUT
You must know what it takes to lose weight and tone your body. On average, and depending on your realistic goal, you would need to do a minimum of three to four 30-minute sessions of cardio per week. The same amount of time should be set for strength training. If you have more than 7kg to lose, you'll need to kick up your cardio to five or six times per week. The beauty of cardio is it can be anything from going for a brisk walk, a run, a jog or joining a spinning class (Spinning®) which is much easier on joints and makes you less prone to injuries. The idea is to find something you enjoy and you'll be more likely to keep it up; maybe even Zumba!
As a general note, try to avoid losing muscle mass rather than fat, which will affect your metabolism. To do that you must pace your weekly fat loss to 1% of the weight you want to lose weekly; that means if your weight loss goal is 5kg then you must aim to lose one percent of it per week.
Remember: If you continue to do what you've always done, you'll continue to get the results you've always been getting. If YOU want to make more progress then prepare to push yourself a bit harder.
I would highly recommend you get familiar with yoga and breathing which reflect on your overall wellbeing, pre-wedding stress levels and overall body flexibility.
Tip #3: EAT HEALTHY
Pair your exercise routine with a proper and healthy meal plan, to get the best out of your new health routine - I can’t stress enough on this to my students. NO DIETS and STARVATION are required; you don’t want to be a “hangry” bride!
The eating healthy process is easy, start by increasing the intake of vegetables, reducing sugar, minimizing on simple carbs and focusing on superfoods like avocado, broccoli, eggs and walnuts; these foods keep you fuller longer which ultimately means getting closer to your goal.
Tip #4: BE POSITIVE
There isn’t a better reason to get fit and healthy than for your BIG DAY, so make it a desire rather than a discipline. It’s something you really want to fulfill so approach it with positivity and you’ll naturally feel happy about it.
Fitness & Spinning® Instructor
Founder of TIMA sport apparel and Studio55 fitness facilities
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