If you are a bride who booked your wedding during the holiday season because it’s the most wonderful and cozy and festive and joyous and love-filled time of year—but are now faced with a lineup of family feasts and cookie-laced holiday parties and wondering how on earth you are going to survive the season without diving headfirst into the eggnog like you usually do so you can still fit into your dress (*raises hand*), well, you are not alone. I am frequently dismayed (though not surprised) to find that a pair of pants or two won’t button during the holidays, and safe to say that’s not a moment I’m looking to have the morning of my wedding.
Just last week, our pals over at Be Well Philly alerted us to a new boxing and cycling studio that’s coming to the Main Line later this year called Fuel Cycle Fitness. At the helm is the husband-and-wife team of Jeff and Jen Crompton; she’s been teaching cycling for years now, and they both got into boxing just before they got married. That’s what piqued our interest.
Jen told the Be Well Philly girls that a steady regimen of cycling, boxing and yoga got her in tip-top shape for her Big Day, so that left us wondering if Fuel Cycle Fitness will offer any sort of bridal package when the three-floor studio opens in December. The answer: Of course!
I clicked on a link from our colleagues over at Be Well Philly this week, readers, just like any of you would: Because it sounded like super helpful information that I could use. And, since I was specifically interested in it as a bride who is trying to stay healthy before my wedding even though I rush around during the week like a lunatic, I realized that it’s a post you really need to see, too.
Kelly Strogen, registered dietician at Club La Maison, dishes on how to stay trim for your Big Day without turning to watered-down light beer (no thanks) on nights out.
If you like beer: Guinness Black Lager
It clocks in at just 135 calories per bottle, or locally made Yuengling traditional, which has just 128 calories per bottle.
When we talk to brides-to-be about their pre-wedding fitness routines, more often than not we hear that toned arms are a top priority. And it makes sense: No matter what style of dress you’ll be wearing on your wedding day, there’s a pretty good chance that your arms will be on display, and while the hand-on-hip pose may have worked for you in the past, it’s certainly not the look you’ll want to be going for in all of your wedding-day photos.
Jessica Baumgardner is a nutritionist and health coach (not to mention sometimes-Be Well Philly contributor!) here in Philly who happens to not only specialize in women’s health, but in specifically guiding ladies through transitional times in their lives (you know, like this whole wedding/marriage thing). And we think you should be pretty pumped, because we just heard she’s teaming up with one of our wedding-planner friends for a really cool event series just for brides!
According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia and UCLA and published in Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, when the wife—especially in new marriages—is a narcissist, it can take a toll on the relationship. (For whatever reason, this is not the case if it is the new husband who is more than a little full of himself.)
We’ve been totally obsessed with the bridal crop top trend ever since the runways were flooded with them earlier this year (we even featured a gorgeous Ysa Makino one in the fashion spread in our most recent issue).
They’re everywhere these days, so much so that brides are focusing their pre-wedding workouts on the moves that’ll whittle and tone their waists in time to bare it all on the Big Day.
Considering that previous headlines on this particular topic have included Study: Have an Afternoon Snack Because Being Hangry Can Hurt Your Marriage and Study: Fighting With Your Spouse Makes Your Relationship Hostile and You Obese, this latest study will not, perhaps, come as a surprise—but as it turns out, the science world has just rustled up even more data that links fighting with your spouse and packing on the pounds.
Let’s be honest, every bride-to-be can use a bit of stress relief leading up to her Big Day. What with all of the appointments and contracts and hours spent planning, a little break in the action—a break specifically for relaxation and non-wedding related activity—is certainly well-deserved.
If yoga sounds like the perfect way to let off some steam, you’ll want to bookmark this: Thanks to our friends over at Be Well Philly, we were recently introduced to a Northern Liberties yoga studio that’s offering a package designed to help brides and their ‘maids de-stress before the festivities begin (it’s also a great option for a Girl’s Night Out or low-key bachelorette party).