- Take small steps towards realistic goals. Crash diets and extreme exercise habits can backfire, leaving you irritable, worn out and vulnerable to illness or injury. Break big goals into smaller pieces. If you want to lose 20 pounds before your wedding, focus on five at a time. Map out the strategies you will use to be successful, and give yourself a reasonable amount of time to achieve each stage of your overall goal. Consider adjusting a few “high-yield” behaviors, such as reducing the amount of soda you drink or incorporating strength training and interval work a few times per week, rather than adopting an overly restrictive food and exercise regimen. If you are down to the wire, learning some quick posture and relaxation techniques can do wonders for your appearance and outlook.
- Get sufficient sleep. Studies have shown that adults who sleep fewer than five or six hours a night are at higher risk for being overweight. Other research has shown that sleep deprivation can lead to overeating, particularly of carbohydrates. In addition to physical health benefits, getting a good night’s sleep improves memory, spurs creativity and sharpens your attention. So follow your mother’s advice and turn out that light at night!
- Find a workout buddy. Commit to get fit with your significant other or members of the wedding party. Together you can plan fun workout opportunities and help keep each other accountable. The key is to find a partner who has a compatible schedule with yours, shares similar fitness goals and interests, and will make your workouts together a priority.
- Keep it fresh. If you find yourself stuck in a rut, shake things up. Try a new activity, such as TRX, kettlebell or barre training. Something as simple as a new workout outfit, especially as you begin to see progress, can also give you a lift.
- Enlist the help of a professional. If you need help making and sticking to a plan, hire a personal trainer or dietitian. Most clubs and studios offer packages to suit all budgets. You probably plan to hire a photographer, a florist and a cake maker, so why not make one more special investment in yourself. The benefits of improved health will last long beyond the day!
Ultimately, your wedding is more about building a relationship than planning a party. Make taking care of yourself and your sweetheart a top priority!
ACAC: Atlantic Coast Athletic Center in West Chester, PA sits on over 17 acres featuring a full service fitness and wellness facility, aquatics, group exercise for all ages, mind/body programs, personal training, Adventure Central for Children, a day spa and café.
- Winner of Daily Local News Reader’s choice award for Best Fitness Center
- Winner of Fox Philly – Best Fitness Center in the Philadelphia Area
- Main Line Today Awards – “Best Health Club” and “Best Kid-Friendly Fitness Center”
- ACAC has been on Club Industry’s Top 100 Club list for the past 10 years
- In 2010, the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association presented ACAC owner Phil Wendel with the John McCarthy Industry Visionary of the Year Award for pioneering the development of medical fitness and wellness programs.
- US Commerce Association – Best Fitness Center of West Chester
For more information on ACAC, visit their website at www.acac.com