We’ve all got a certain area genetically gifted to us that simply doesn’t change no matter what we throw at it via diet or workout. But if you’re bound and determined to vanquish yours for your wedding day, might we point you toward truSculpt, administered by medical esthetician Naomi Fenlin, owner of Washington Square’s About Face SkinCare. It uses radiofrequency energy to disintegrate the membranes of fat cells in your trickiest areas; the fat inside is simply eliminated through your lymphatic system and doesn’t return.
The other night, as I sipped on some sauv blanc while trying to decide what to make for dinner, the voices of brides who have gone before me echoed in my head—but I tried to push them out. I didn’t want to hear them, because those voices told me that if I wanted to meet my wedding weight/fit goals, I’d have to cut the wine way out. (My one friend allowed herself nothing but two vodka sodas a week in the months leading up to her wedding. Um, no.)
A quick text to a bestie comforted me that no, I should not be cutting out wine. “You need to live your life, and you need wine to live,” she said. “Just eat less.”
Just the other day we heard our buds over at Be Well Philly talking about a new workout class called Tread & Shred—it combines 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes of strength training into an intense workout that can burn 1,000 calories—that’s held at the SuperFit in Conshohocken.
When we inquired about it further, we were psyched to learn that one of the trainers who runs the class is actually really into bridal fitness, and works with a ton of local ladies who want to get in dress-ready shape for their weddings.
Meet Hope Nagy.
We know you’ve been working your butt off to get in dress-ready shape for your Big Day (have you been following any of our fitness and health tips?) and the last thing you want to do in the days leading up to your wedding is sabotage all of your hard work by indulging in foods that’ll make you bloat.
I was in some sort of Interwebs rabbit hole recently, and I’m so glad I was, because I stumbled upon this Cosmo post that broke down 10 different style of dresses, and then, for each, detailed an exercise to do that would target the body part really being shown off in that particular style.
It’s so great! They specify the dresses they give as examples as bridesmaid dresses, so by all means, include this link in the email when you announce your declared dress of choice to your girls—but the same advice totally works for wedding dresses, too. Just choose the neckline or silhouette that applies to you—from a deep V neck or low back to strapless or one-shouldered—and do a few reps of the recommended move every night before you go to sleep. (Because bonus: They can each be done in your home; no gym needed.)
There have been so many studies done to investigate the link between marriage and health, and for the most part, researchers have found that being married is good for you—whether that means that because of your union, your hubby goes to the doctor more often or you have a lesser risk of heart disease.
And what’s becoming even more clear these days, though, is that while the positive health effects of marriage are numerous, men actually tend to benefit from them way more than women do.
Unless your wedding dress is a huge fluffy number that conceals any evidence of your waist, chances are that one of the major goals of your pre-wedding workout regimen is to carve out toned abs—or a flat stomach—by the time your Big Day arrives. (We’ll venture to guess that your approaching honeymoon also offers plenty of incentive to tighten your tummy.)
Recently, a bunch of researchers from a bunch of universities (North Carolina, Colorado and Alabama at Birmingham, to be exact) published some findings in the Journal of Heath and Social Behavior that laid out a link they had noticed between marriage, college degrees, and weight gain.
Namely, they have declared that if you tie the knot before landing that four-year degree, you are 65 percent more likely to become obese once you are officially hitched.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a pedicure, four-handed massage or blowout at Wayne’s so-lovely Ame Salon and Spa , then you might be interested to know that later this month, they are kicking off a 12 Day Detox program that is so up the alley of all you brides looking to get a jumpstart on healthy habits for your get-dress-ready diet and workout routine.
It’s being run by the spa’s certified health coach, Alyssa Rodgers, who has a master’s degree in public health and who loves to work with people to keep health and fitness as a constant in their lives. This is the deal:
We know that ever since that ring landed on your finger, the chances that you’ve been making some changes both at the gym and in the kitchen are very high. (Especially if you’ve already gotten your dress, and very specific images of low-cut backs and fitted bodices are dancing through your head.)
That’s why we’re always happy to share health, fitness and nutrition inspiration with you when an extra good piece of it crosses our desks, and the cool ladies at Be Well Philly were just talking about this particular topic this week: With some healthy foods, unless you’re preparing them and eat them with certain methods and in certain ways, you won’t actually get all the health benefits you can from them.