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).
Our buds at Be Well Philly have really outdone themselves this time: They’ve rounded up 25 breakfasts that you can make the night before and just grab in the morning as you run out the door, hair half wet and already running late—and to boot, they’re healthy and packed with the nutrition you need to start your day off on the right foot.
Sweat Three Ways
The UNITE Workout at Unite Fitness This addictive three-part workout covers all the bases—cardio, strength training, and stretching with yoga—for a fat-burning, muscle-toning and, at the end, relaxing sweat session.
Punch It Out
Boxing Fitness at Joltin’ Jabs During this 50-minute boxing workout, you’ll ditch the stress of wedding planning (hello, punching bags) and tone up at the same time, via speed-bag work, jump-roping, shadowboxing and more.
Stretch and Sculpt
Verge Yoga Sculpt at Verge Yoga Center Getting guys to do yoga can be tough, but this hybrid-style class is an easy sell: Warm up and cool down with yoga, and sculpt muscles with weighted balls and suspension training in between.
Ride with Barry Lewis at Body Cycle Studio Warning You and your groom will walk out of this killer spin class, led by the seasoned triathlete, with complete jelly legs. But at least you’ll have each other to lean on.
This article originally appeared in the fall/winter 2015 issue of Philadelphia Wedding.
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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.”