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At Home Exercises for a Busy, Soon to be Bride
For a bride, wedding planning can be extremely exciting, chaotic and time consuming. With the help and support of her bridal party, everything leading up to the big day will be so much more fun, especially when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding dress. It is important for a bride to feel absolutely gorgeous in her gown, but with all the planning involved in putting a wedding together it can be difficult for a bride to find any time to spend on herself.
With her vision blurred by photographers, pre-wedding parties, cake flavors, invitations and every other detail that puts pressure on the bride, planning sometimes becomes the priority and everything else is secondary, including exercise. With no time to get to a gym, the bride can save money by freezing her membership if given the option, and try some of the following at home exercises that don’t require equipment.
Who doesn’t want their arms looking tone and sexy while wearing a strapless wedding dress. To do floor dips, sit on the floor with your knees bent and your feet and fingers facing forward. With your hands facing forward place them on a chair or low table-top that is directly behind you. Make sure the piece of furniture you are using is sturdy enough to stay in place. Now tighten your abs, and push your body up with your hands, keeping your feet, flat on the floor. Now lower your body by bending your arms, activating your triceps. As you near the floor, keep your butt off the floor so your core and arm muscles remain active. Keep repeating for 30 seconds, and try working up to one minute.
Start off in a high blank position, then slowly bend your elbows, and bring your chest closer to the ground. From there push yourself up, and repeat. Push-ups can be difficult for those you don’t normally work out their upper body, so don’t get discouraged if you can only do a few. Try adding one or two push-ups to each set you attempt.
Stand roughly six inches away from the wall, place your hands on the wall shoulder width apart. With your hands flat on the wall step back as far as you can with both feet. Now bend your elbows and proceed to do a push-up, and repeat. Don’t move your feet. Both types of push-ups are great for building upper body strength and toning your pectorals (chest) and triceps.
Keep your body completely straight and parallel to the floor, rest your weight on your toes and forearms. The only part of your body that should be touching the floor is your toes and forearms. Rather than counting, try holding yourself in this position during a commercial break if you have the television on, or hold it for the duration of one of your favorite songs. This is a great core exercise that will help to tighten your abdominal (stomach) muscles.
Stand with a chair behind you, place your feet slightly farther than shoulder width apart, bring your arms up and out in front of you, squat back as if you are going to sit on the chair, as soon as you feel the chair, stand back up and repeat. Try doing three sets of ten. As the sets become easier, hold a heavy object such as a text book out in front of you, and try doing another set. Squats are a great thigh and butt workout; adding a textbook will create more intensity and help to strengthen your shoulders. If you want to target your inner thighs, again stand with your feet slightly more than shoulder width apart and point your toes outward, sink into a squatting position while keeping your knees and back straight, squeeze your glutes (butt) together as you come back up. Incorporating both squat variations into your at-home exercise routine will help to get you honeymoon-ready in no time.
If you plan on showing off your legs anytime during or after your wedding, calf raises are a great lower leg exercise that can be done just about anywhere. Start by standing near a wall for balance. Place your feet hips width apart, and make sure your ankles, knees and hips are in vertical alignment. Push down on the balls of your feet while keeping your abdominal muscles pulled in so you come up straight rather than forward or backward. Continue to push your feel against the floor until the pressure is on your toes, then lower yourself until your feet are just barely flat on the floor and repeat. Much like squats intensity can be added to calf raises by holding a heavy object out in front of you.
Once you have completed some, or all of these at home exercises, cardio can be incorporated by doing jumping jacks, running or walking up and down the stairs, or going for a walk around the neighborhood.
It is important for a bride to take time out and focus on herself, so that on the day of her wedding she feels just as beautiful as the way her spouse and every other guest at the wedding sees her. It is also important for a bride to remember that these exercises can be a lot more fun if she is doing them with her bridal party.
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