Target those problem areas before you wear the wedding dress
What you look like in your wedding dress is going to be one of your main concerns. Will your chosen dress flatter your figure or highlight all your ‘worst’ bits? Here’s a wedding dress workout to target four trouble spots.
In our wedding dress workout we look at each of the four problem areas – stomach, bottom, arms and thighs – highlighting the type of toning exercises you need to work into your daily routine – plus some extra training tips to complement your toning workouts. It’s time to target those wobbly bits and watch your body transform into the perfect frame for your wedding dress.
If you’re looking to get a slim waist and a set of killer abs, sit ups and crunches immediately come to mind. But exercises for your lower abs should be included too. Have a go at leg-only v-sits (sit on the floor with your legs elevated and alternately bend and straighten your knees). To further train your core, use a stability ball to carry out your ab exercises – this will train the deeper muscles of your abdomen too which will lead to all-over better posture.
Saggy, flabby rear
For that perfect peachy rear you’ll need to be working all the glute muscles. There are many killer techniques that will set you on your way to a pert behind; squats, lunges, side leg lifts as well as running, stepping or skipping will all contribute to your J-Lo butt. Bootylicious! One of the best ways to fit in a pre-wedding dress daily rear toning exercise is to take the stairs – go for two at a time concentrating on squeezing the cheeks as you climb. Now there’s no excuse to take the lift.
Don’t shy away from a sleeveless wedding dress as you can banish those bingo wings by targeting your biceps, triceps and shoulders to get the sexy toned arms you desire. Tricep dips are one of the best exercises to tone the under-arm wobble and good old fashioned press ups are great for targeting shoulders and the chest. Combine with cardiovascular exercise like ‘boxercise’ or kickboxing and you’ll have slender, strong arms.
Want sleeker hips and streamlined, wobble-free thighs that don’t meet in the middle? Well the good news is that the squats and lunges for your peachy rear will also double up as great thigh trimmers too. But rather than just focusing on the large muscles on the front and back of the thighs (the quads and hamstrings) go for activities that work the hips and inner thighs too. In-line skating is a superb aerobic workout, burning 400 calories an hour, with studies showing that it works some muscles in the legs more effectively than running – particularly the inner thighs and hips.
Now you have targetted your problem areas, here are a few training rules and nutrition tips which will complement your workouts and get you closer to the bride-beautiful body.
Top six training and nutrition tips to complement toning workouts
- Step up your cardio workouts (running, cycling, walking)
- Burn extra calories and ensure your newly honed and toned body isn’t buried under a layer of blubber.
- Train early
- Exercising in the morning kick-starts your metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories) and the benefits can last for up to 15 hours after training.
- Up the resistance
- As you progress, the addition of hand/leg weights or resistance bands will make toning workouts that little bit tougher but will yield results.
Go natural when eating
Always try and select whole-food choices for meals and snacks. Processed foods are generally low in nutritional quality and high in unwanted calories such as fat and sugar.
Hydrate for exercise
Inadequate hydration often invites false hunger pangs and cravings. Avoid reaching for the cookie jar by drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day.