Shredding for the Wedding
Are you skinny fat? Well, skinny fat is not fit. Fit is hot. I’m not talking bodybuilder-type muscles, but toned and defined back, arms, and chest are your best accessories in a wedding dress. Shredding for the wedding versus shedding for the wedding is what to keep in mind when thinking of your dream body. Most women desire long, lean muscles or definition. As you learned before, diet is extremely important. However, fitness is also equally important.
Physicians recommend that you not lose any more than 1 to 2 lbs per week. They say that it takes 3,500 calories to lose one pound. There are some easy steps to take in moving more in our busy schedules:
– Walk more and stop relying on your car
– Up your activity level to four to five days per week
– Incorporate weight lifting if you’re a “cardio bunny”
– Be adventurous and try new workout activities or classes
– Workout with your fiancé! They say that pheromones are released during workouts…hello, what a turn-on!
As it was recommended with your food intake, also tracking your workouts are a smart idea to know exactly how many net calories your body is absorbing as fuel on a daily basis. Food equals fuel for your body when you are dieting, training, and building muscle.
Two great sites we recommend to track activities are: www.MyFitnessPal.com or www.livestrong.com. These sites have preloaded activities of the average calories burned per exercise. To get the best results, you should wear a verifiable device such as a Polar Heart Rate Monitor, Fitbug, Fitbit, or any other device that calculates your heart rate and the amount of activity you are performing.
To learn more about these devices please check out the following links:
Remember, during the stressful months of wedding planning, exercise can be a good distraction, help reduce stress and up the ante on your energy level. Exercise can be your best friend and therapy through those chaotic times!