When it comes to slimming down and toning up, consistency is key

You’re getting married! And, your wedding will, no doubt, be one of the biggest days of your life.

It’s natural that you would want to look and feel your absolute best.

For some brides, that means changing their skincare routine, or committing to growing their hair. And, for others, that means slimming down or toning up!

If that’s you, here are five tips to help you kick-start your wedding slim-down strategy:

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1. Don’t leave it to the last minute

When it comes to slimming down and toning up, consistency is key. So, start early and commit to eating healthily and exercising (at least) three times per week a couple of months before your big day.

You want to adopt a body-positive attitude (not a last-minute, starve yourself to fit into your wedding dress one) and train at an intensity level that leaves you feeling good, and committed to following through.

2. Watch those portions

You are what you eat – and a healthy-looking body is made just as much in the kitchen as it is in the gym. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to cut out entire food groups to lose weight – especially now, when you could use the extra energy to tackle wedding planning!

You want to adopt a body-positive attitude and train at an intensity level that leaves you feeling good, and committed to following through

By being a little more conscious of your portion sizes (and loading up on fresh fruit and veggies), you’ll be well on your way to achieving those positive body changes that you’re after.

3. Change it up

If you’ve been walking on the treadmill for months, and are yet to see results – then now’s the time to change things up!

Instead of walking, try running on the treadmill, or setting it at an incline. Or, ditch the treadmill altogether and head for the weights section at the gym – strength training is a great way to burn calories and tone your muscles!

If lifting weights is not your thing, then why not try an at-home HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout programme, like Kayla Istines’ BBG (bikini body guide).

4. Try yoga

Planning a wedding is stressful, so as much as you want to work on your physical health (and appearance) you would also benefit from an activity that exercises and benefits your mental health.

Try to spend an hour a week, where you engage in simple stretches (great for sore muscles!), work on your breathing, and practise your mindfulness.

5. Prioritise sleep

We now know that sleep is crucial for your mood and energy levels. But, did you know that it is while you are resting that your muscles recover and transform?

Turn off your notebook, leave your series binge for the weekend and prioritise getting a good night’s sleep.

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