Whether you just got engaged or are anxiously counting down the days until your wedding, you know full well just how many things there are to do in preparation for the big day. One area most brides-to-be focus on is their physical shape—after all, if there's one day in your life that you'll want to feel and look your absolute best, it's your wedding. While there's no shortage of exercise regimens tailored to a bride, many of them are weeks- or months-long programs. But what about the days leading up to your wedding and, especially, the morning of? Should you avoid exercising or should you continue on with a workout plan you've been following?
Depending on who you ask, you'll get a different answer. Some fitness experts think that you've worked hard enough over the last few months that you deserve to relax on the day of your wedding; others see no reason why you shouldn't make time for a sweat session. To set the record straight, we chatted with two fitness professionals to get their insight on whether or not a bride should exercise on the morning of the wedding.
Chris Ryan, C.S.C.S and founder of Chris Ryan Fitness, says there's no reason why the bride (or groom!) should avoid exercising on the morning of the wedding. "Your nerves are probably racing and you might not have been able to sleep the whole night through, so this might make you think you shouldn't exercise, however I disagree," he tells Martha Stewart Weddings. "A good sweat may be just what you need to clear your mind and boost your energy."
He does, however, recommend against trying to set any personal records the morning before your wedding. "Avoid long workouts that exhausts you," he adds. "Instead, concentrate on something already in your wheelhouse, like a moderate workout that will wake you up, invigorate your endorphins, and make your skin glow." Keep things simple the day of your wedding, Ryan stresses. "Moderate running and simple body weight moves, like squats, shoulder openers, and planks, will do you well," he says. "Or, if you can, head outside for a yoga session to get your body and mind aligned with one another."
Michele Gordon, a New York City-based fitness expert and founder of Cardio Sweat Party, agrees that this is not the day to push yourself, but that light to moderate exercise can only enhance your energy and mood. "I would do some body weight exercises first thing in the morning," she says. "Whether you're at home or in a hotel room, try a series of lunges, squats, push-ups, planks, and dance moves." This, she explains, can take just a few minutes and give you the boost of energy you need to conquer your day. "I would also throw in some calf stretches and chest openers, as they can help ensure you have good posture while you're up there saying your vows."
All in all, remember that you've been working so hard over the last few weeks and months to feel this good on your big day, so don't kill yourself to sneak in a workout if your schedule really doesn't allow (or if you just don't want to!).