It’s no secret that the holiday season can majorly derail even the most dedicated of dieters—the cakes, cookies and indulgent hors d’oeuvres you’ll find at every holiday party on your calendar can be hard to resist. And let’s not even get started on the cocktails.
I literally just looked at the clock, looked at my weekly planner, sat here for a second thinking about it, and then canceled two of my workout classes for this week. Between work deadlines, a shorter work week, a million and a half errands to run before Thanksgiving and a bajillion other things, I decided that I just couldn’t do my working out this week on a set schedule. It’s just too much.
And then I saw this!
Our buds at Be Well Philly have rustled up a particularly helpful treat for all of you ‘burb-living brides this week, by doing the trying-out for you and rounding up eight awesome classes that’ll whip you into wedding-day shape. (Though, as you’ll see, they even tout these classes as so fab that even you city-living brides should consider hopping on 76 and giving them a whirl.)
I think we can probably all agree that, whether the song comes on through our headphones while working out solo or in a group fitness class in a studio, there are a few that just really get you moving, pumping, running, or whatever.
Well now, we have at our disposal a specific playlist that is scientifically proven to do just that, thanks to our buds at Be Well Philly.
It’s here, ladies and gentlemen, and you’ve probably noticed it among your co-workers, families and friends: the coughs. The sneezes. The sore throats. The “I don’t feel good”s. We may have been enjoying a few unseasonably warm temps these past few days, but cough, cold and flu season is upon us, and this is particularly terrifying for the about-to-be-marrieds of the world.
We all know the horror of getting sick at an especially inopportune time: before a big birthday or vacation or interview or anything on your calendar that you’ve circled and have been staring at and preparing forever—but few situations can really compete with the horror of a bride or groom getting sick before they’re to tie the knot. (I have heard the stories, and they make me cry and cringe all at once.)
Sometimes we almost feel like our lovely friends at Be Well Philly are writing specifically for our brides over here at PW, so helpful are they in sharing info that is particularly good for busy ladies like yourselves when it comes to staying fit—and on track to get in dress-ready shape for your Big Day.
Our friends at Be Well Philly have a point when they talk about out how many potentially gross and harmful chemicals there are in the things we slather all over our bodies on a daily basis (lotions, nail polishes, shampoos, soaps, oils—you name it), and boy are we glad being recently grossed out led them to seek out alternatives in Philly, because we ended up with a really awesome roundup to share with you today!
You can thank Be Well Philly, ladies, for steering you towards a simple exercise you can do at home that’ll get your arms ripped and toned for your Big Day.
Our health-and-fitness-minded friends found this article over at Prevention, which cites recent research that discovered what the most effective exercise is for sculpting your arm muscles. (Scientists literally had men and women perform a battery of arm exercises with electrodes strapped to their biceps to test muscle activation.)