Effective Exercises You Must Know to Get Fit Into Your Wedding Dress

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life so you’ll definitely want to look the best on your big day. Eating an energy releasing breakfast on the morning of the wedding is important but don’t forget that your health preparations should start well before your wedding day.

It’s no surprise that brides often feel a crazy amount of pressure to look good on their wedding day. Not only is there the worry of fitting into your dream wedding gown, but an endless amount of pictures will also be snapped over the course of the day. Setting yourself a wedding fitness regime in the run-up to your big day has so many amazing health benefits, but the best part is that you don’t even have to slog it out in the gym for hours on end to get your ideal body!

Let’s continue reading to find out the effective exercises that you can do it at any time, anywhere.

 Flaunt Toned Arm with This 5 Workout for Sleeveless Wedding Dress

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Whether you’re going strapless or backless, chances are your wedding dress will put your upper body on display. Build your body confidence with a workout that targets a bride’s most exposed areas: the arms and shoulders. One of the hardest part to sculpt, as most of us would agree – the triceps. As you get older, there’s a tendency for body fat to increase and muscle mass to decrease, resulting in jiggly arms.

Do each of the following exercises for 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds rest. With regular strength training of twice or thrice a week, you should be seeing results very fast!

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1) Narrow elevated push-up

Start in a high plank, resting your hands on an elevated platform. Keep elbows close to your torso. Lower your body and bend elbows to platform height. Ensure that your glutes are tightened and your back is straight. Slowly push yourself back up into a high plank. This is one rep. Continue for 45 seconds.

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2) Diamond push-up

Start in high plank, palms directly under shoulders. Walk hands inwards and under chest so that your thumbs and index fingers form a diamond. Bend elbows as you lower torso to do a complete push-up. Slowly push yourself back up. This is one rep. If this is too tough, rest knees on the ground. Continue for 45 seconds.

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3) Plank tap

Start in high plank, palms directly under shoulders. Tap left shoulder with right palm, return to high plank, and immediately tap right shoulder with left palm before returning to high plank. Continue alternating for 45 seconds.

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4) Plank up

Start in high plank, palms directly under shoulders. Lower right forearm to the ground, followed by left, such that you are in a forearm plank. Immediately push yourself back up with right hand, followed by left. Ensure back is straight and the hips are parallel to the ground throughout the exercise. This is one rep. Continue for 45 seconds.

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5) Triceps Dip

Position hands shoulder-width apart on an elevated platform, such as a chair. Bend knees at 90 degrees and let butt hover above the ground. Bend elbows and lower body towards the ground. Ensure back is straight and close to the platform. Slowly push yourself back up. This is one rep. Continue for 45 seconds.

 

Flatten Your Tummy for Mermaid Wedding Dress

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A bloated stomach is a bride-to-be’s nightmare. Who doesn’t want to have the illusion of an hourglass figure on her wedding day? Follow the exercises below to achieve the hourglass shape and fit into your mermaid wedding gown.

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1) Planks

No surprises here. Planks are one of the best bodyweight exercises you can do. You can either do a forearm plank or a full plank with your palms pressed firmly into the floor. Both will fire up your core muscles in no time. When holding a plank, don’t let your hips dip. Keep your butt low with your glutes squeezed in to feel the burn.

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2) Side Planks

Up the ante with side planks. This move challenges your stability so your core is engaged in a bigger way. You can start in plank position and rotate your body until you’re pivoting on your feet and balancing on one forearm or palm. Hold for 30 to 45 seconds and switch sides.

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3) Hundreds

This classic Pilates move will warm your whole body in seconds. Lie on the mat with your legs bent. Slowly raise your head and arms, keeping your core crunched in. Lock your arms and pump them up and down without moving your torso. You can also do the more advanced option where you lift your legs and hold them at a 45-degree angle throughout the exercise.

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 4) Bridge

Lie on the mat with your knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Slowly lift your hips off the floor until your body is in a straight line. Keep your glutes squeezed in to protect your lower back, and hold for three seconds before lowering yourself back to starting position. This exercise strengthens your abs, butt and back muscles.

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5) Leg Raise

This targets your lower ab muscles. Start by lying down, then slowly raising your legs while keeping them as straight as possible until they’re perpendicular to the floor. Hold for 3 seconds before lowering them down to starting position. Give yourself an added challenge by holding an exercise ball between your legs. Be careful not to hurt yourself though – you should not be feeling any tension in your lower back when you do this move.

 

Work to your Slender Legs for Short Wedding Dress.

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Who doesn’t want a pair of perfectly formed and shapely legs to show off all the time especially with your short wedding dress? Luscious legs are an easy way to look fabulous, without seemingly trying. The perfect pair of legs requires a low body fat percentage and muscle for shapeliness. The bad news is, to get a pair of perfect pins you do have to put in the work. The good news is; it’s totally worth it.

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1) Lunges

Lunges are a quintessential exercise; you can do them anywhere and the effects can be seen in no time, in the form of shapely, toned legs and backside. It’s important to do lunges properly so you don’t put unwanted strain on your joints. Stand with your feet slightly spread apart. In a controlled movement, slowly step forward with your right foot. Don’t lunge forward too far. The further forward you step, the more the exercise targets the glutes and back of thighs, while shorter lunges target the front of thigh more. Bend your right knee. Your thigh and lower leg should form a right angle. Perform 20 rep (10 for each leg) and 1-3 sets.

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2) Wide squat

Stand straight with feet spread wide and toes pointing straight ahead or slightly outward. Lower your body by bending from your hips and knees (as if you were lowering yourself to sit on a chair). Squat until thighs are almost parallel to the floor. Slowly return to the starting position, and straighten your legs, but don’t lock your knees. Perform 15 rep and 1-3 sets.

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3) Outer thigh lifts

Keeping your right leg straight and your foot flexed, slowly raise your right leg. Hold for a moment, then slowly lower your leg lower and repeat. Lift your leg for 2 counts and lower it for 4 counts, i.e. you should lower your leg more slowly/ controlled than during the lifting phase. Repeat for 8 times. Turn over and repeat on the other side. Gradually progress to 3 sets.

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4) Inner thigh lifts

Keeping your right leg straight and foot flexed (i.e. your toes should be pointing forward), slowly raise your right leg off the floor. Pause at the top of the movement, hold, and slowly lower your leg back to the floor. Complete 20 rep and switch sides. Work your way up to 4 sets.

 

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5) Calf raises

Stand on one foot, with your other leg bent to a 90-degree angle. Stand with a long, tall spine and abs drawn inward. Rise up onto the balls of your feet with knees straight but not locked. Pause at the top, and squeeze your calf muscles. Lower down just until your feet are in line with the bench—do not drop them below the level of the bench. That’s one rep. 3 sets of 15 reps on each side.

 

Let’s start the workout now for your wedding preparation before it’s too late! You can do it!

 

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