Your Day, Your Way: Getting Fit for Your Wedding




Brides (and grooms) want to look their best on their wedding day, but the last thing a bride or groom should do is go on a crash diet—especially since the weeks leading up to the big day are filled with so many last minute details.

What is important is how you feel, not the number on a scale or the size of your wedding dress or tuxedo. And, once you have your final dress fitting and have fitted your tux, if you lose last minute weight, the fit might be off.

But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel healthy on your wedding day. If you have several months to go before your wedding, you could use it as an excuse to finally join a gym or try out that workout class. You don’t have to do aerobics or run just to feel healthy. Try a yoga or Pilates class if you want a low-energy workout or a high-energy workout such as Zumba or Jazzercise.

You and your groom could come up with an activity to do together, such as jogging or biking. Now that the weather is nicer, you can use it as an excuse to get outdoors as much as possible—whether it’s hiking in the woods, walking the dog together or working in the garden.

But you don’t have to spend a lot to feel better about yourself. You can start by making small changes in your daily routine and attitude.

Virginia Beach Adventure Boot Camp, one of the many fitness programs available in Virginia Beach, offers the following get fit tips.

  • Throw out your big dinner plates. Using small plates at home will help you eat smaller portions—an effortless way to reduce your calorie intake.
  • Make exercise a regular part of your life. Create a network of accountability with workout partners or a local fitness expert.
  • Know what you want to accomplish. Visualize the end result of your hard work.
  • Believe in you. You CAN accomplish your goals.
  • Don't be a wimp. Keep the intensity high during your workouts. Remember that you don't want to kill time; you want to burn calories and strengthen your body.
  • Drink water all day long.
  • Know when to ask for help.
  • Maintain your metabolism by eating a healthy snack or meal every three hours. This food should be unprocessed, low in fat and high in fiber.
  • Forget will-power; it's about WANT-power. How badly do you want it?
  • Stay away from processed foods, which are high in calories, sodium and other chemicals.
  • It's OK to be a skeptic. Watch out for products that are labeled “health food.” Always read the nutrition labels and make your own informed opinion.
  • Talk is cheap. Act now and get the job done.
  • Exercise with people that are in better shape than you. This will encourage you to push your limits.
  • Never indulge in negative self-talk.
  • Don't drink calories.
  • Keep consistent. Exercise at least three or four times a week.
  • Expect more from yourself.
  • Steer clear of High Fructose Corn Syrup. It spikes your blood sugar levels and encourages your body to store fat.
  • Eat plenty of whole plant foods. Vegetables, fruits and whole grains are filled with fiber and antioxidants,which are great for good health.
  • Do cardiovascular exercise after weight training to encourage your body to burn more fat.
  • Breakfast should be balanced—and a daily meal.
  • Challenge yourself during each workout. Try something new and exciting.
  • Set specific, measurable goals and track your progress.

Here are just a few of the available fitness centers and programs in Hampton Roads:

Boot camps

Virginia Beach Adventure Boot Camp for Women (Virginia Beach)
www.virginiabeachbootcamp.com

Boot Camp Challenge (Virginia Beach)
bootcamp-challenge.com

TNT Boot Camp (Hampton)
www.tntbootcamphamptonroads.com

Better Your Body Boot Camp (Hampton)
www.betteryourbodybootcamp.com

Group Exercise

Zumba (multiple locations)
www.zumba.com

Jazzercise (multiple locations)
www.jazzercise.com

Esteem Fitness (Virginia Beach)
www.esteem-fitness.com

Hot House Yoga (Virginia Beach, Norfolk)
www.hothouseyogi.com

Studio Bamboo Yoga (Virginia Beach)
studiobambooyoga.com

Oceanfront Yoga (Virginia Beach)
www.oceanfrontyoga.com

Core Pilates (Virginia Beach)
www.corecontrolpilates.net

Pilates Central (Virginia Beach)
www.pilatescentralstudio.com

Gyms & Fitness Centers

Onelife Fitness (multiple locations)
www.onelifefitness.com

Gold’s Gym (multiple locations)
www.goldsgym.com

Body Fit (Williamsburg)
www.bodyfitva.com

Body Balance Studio (Williamsburg)
www.bodybalancewilliamsburg.com

Curve’s (multiple locations)
www.curves.com

YMCA (multiple locations)
www.ymca.net

Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center (Norfolk)
www.norfolk.gov/wellness/

Women’s Workout & Fitness Center (Norfolk)
www.womensworkoutonline.com

Fitness Evolution Gym (Chesapeake)
www.fitnessevolutiongym.com

Total Fitness (Newport News)
totalfitnessclub.com

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