A pre-wedding wellness routine shouldn't make you miserable. In fact, the whole point of committing to one should be to feel like your best self! No matter your workout goals, these tips from renowned health and fitness expert Jillian Michaels will leave you feeling happy and healthy for your moment in the spotlight and beyond.
Ask for assistance.
If you're an exercise newbie, seek out a pro. That could mean hiring a trainer, signing up for a class, or trying out an app that lets you exercise with a coach. (In fact, Michaels has her own app which features custom exercise and meal plans—including a 60-day "Wedding Warrior" program.) "Training properly makes all the difference when it comes to preventing injuries and getting the results you're after," Michaels says.
Choose your targets.
Most wedding dresses highlight the upper body, so Michaels recommends focusing on your shoulders, chest, arms, and back by doing basic body-weight exercises like push-ups, bench dips, and pull-ups. (If you struggle with that last one, ask a trainer about assisted-band pull-ups instead.)
Pressed for time? Exercises that incorporate several muscle groups at once—like side lunges with biceps curls—get the job done faster. Even better: They burn more calories both during and after exercise.
Make sleep a priority.
It may feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to get all that wedding planning done—but you'll only feel worse if you skimp on zzz's. "Seven to eight hours per night will help manage stress and prevent you from getting burned out," Michaels says.
Whenever you're exercising (including strength training), try going all-out for one minute with a move like jumping jacks, mountain climbers, or burpees. Then dial it back for a short, less-intense recovery period before repeating. According to Michaels, this technique—high-intensity interval training (HIIT)—will accelerate your metabolism so you get the most out of every workout.
Switch it up.
"A program needs to increase in intensity every two weeks," Michaels says. Otherwise, your body will get used to it. You should also vary the kinds of sweat sessions you put in. "You might love one particular class, but without a well-rounded training regimen, you risk injury and potential plateau from adapting to your routine," she says.
Opt for fiber.
Trying to lose a few pounds? A supplement like psyllium husks can help curb hunger when consumed before meals with a large glass of water. "And even if you aren't trying to lose weight, fiber is good for gut health and removes waste from your digestive tract," Michaels adds.
Give yourself a break.
So your crazy-busy life got in the way, and you had to skip your morning run. It's nothing to beat yourself up about. "Simply make good food choices that day, and get some sleep that night," Michaels says. "Yes, you want to look and feel your best, but you also need to enjoy the process."