There’s no denying it’s wedding season! Summer is here and every weekend from here on out we’ll hear about brides taking their stride down the aisle…including yours truly! August 25th is my big day!
As a fitness and wellness coach, of course I’m being asked how I’m preparing for the big day – what’s my fitness routine, am I on some crazy diet, how am I staying organized and stress free with all the planning? Well I’m hear to dish out & tell you all my little secrets of how I’m getting ready for the big day!
Here are my top 5 tips of what you should and shouldn’t sweat for leading up to a wedding!!
1. DO sweat for exercise
You’re busy, I get it! Currently I am working full time, taking online courses for a degree, coaching online clients, planning a wedding, and I just moved to a new city…I am on the busy bus too! But exercise is always a top priority – why? – because movement is what enables your body to increase its energy, produce endorphins (happy hormones), and stay overall healthy!
**Always remember to prioritize exercise at least 4 days a week. Your body will thank you both physically and mentally – and you will FEEL the rewards of routine exercise!
2. DON’T sweat for time management (use a planner)
Whether paper or digital, get yourself a planner and organize your time. I promise you will be 10x more productive and successful if you plan your time. I use google calendar myself, I like being able to access it across multiple devices. Every morning I start with 30 minutes to 1 hour of exercise before I do anything else, and I have that hour blocked off in my planner. Getting a workout done first thing in the morning eliminates so many opportunities for me to make excuses about why I don’t have time for a workout if I wait and schedule it for later in the day. Exercising in the morning is also such a confidence boost – I feel so accomplished, awake and strong after finishing a morning sweat sesh!!
3. DO sweat about staying organized
I’ll admit to you now, I’m an organization-loving type of person. My life is colour-coded, bin-sorted, and file-folded! One month into our engagement, my fiancé gave me the best gift – a super cute file folder from Indigo/Chapters for all our wedding papers (what can I say, he knows me so well!). This file folder is truly a life saver – each file section is labelled with venue, caterer, florist, rentals, DJ, groomsmen, bridesmaids, receipts, etc. All the paperwork and notes are in one place and I can reference exactly what has been planned, ordered, confirmed, and paid for!
4. DON’T sweat about details (ask for help and delegate tasks)
Yes, you want to sweat during your pre-wedding exercise – but no, you do not want to sweat about wedding details! Stay calm, no need to go all bridezilla in the lead up months to your wedding. One thing I’ve learned over the past 6 months of being engaged is that everyone is so beyond excited for you to get married and they all want to do whatever they can to make your big day all that you want it to be. Family and friends are such blessings and they really do want you to be happy and stress free for your wedding. So when people ask if they can help, let them! Delegate tasks either leading up to the wedding or on the big day itself. Be specific with what you want and let people help – it takes a bit of weight off your shoulders and your family/friends will enjoy being a part of your wedding!
5. DO sweat about how you fuel your body
I am a big advocate for ‘food as fuel’. Our bodies need certain nutrients to properly function each day – you wouldn’t fill your car with ketchup and expect it to drive so why would we expect our bodies to work properly if we fill them with junk food?? If you’re feeling fatigued, foggy, bloated, having food cravings, etc, chances are you aren’t fueling your body properly. My tip here is NOT that you need to eat healthy foods to lose weight or look good for your wedding – my tip is that you should be eating healthy foods to fuel your body, feel good, and be in a good position of wellness during the (possible) stress that can be present leading up to and during the wedding. If we take away the stress placed on our body of eating unhealthy food, then we are more likely to calmly work through other stressors in life!
Final note: to all the brides and bridesmaids reading this – make exercise a priority, stay calm and organized, and fuel your body with good foods – you will rock this summer and of course, your big day! All the best ladies!!
This is a guest post featuring: Jessica Beebe
Jessica Beebe is a passionate health and fitness coach of over eight years. She loves empowering both men and women with a mindset of wellness to achieve their goals. Jessica’s degree in gerontology gives her a unique depth of knowledge in how the body ages and where changes will be reflected physically, mentally and emotionally, in regards to fitness and wellness. Jessica is excited to be expanding her coaching to online clients of all fitness levels.