It’s most people’s biggest gripe – ‘I just don’t have the time to exercise! When would I fit it in?’. But now there’s the added dimension of a wedding on the horizon, and more than ever you want to feel fabulous and look good.
So how do you do it?
Sneaking in exercise is two-fold. Firstly, it’s about knowing when to fit it in. And then it’s finding out what exercise to do – how to get the most mileage out of as little exercise as possible.
The good news is that you really can shape up in about 15 minutes a day. Research has revealed that short intense exercise can actually boost metabolism. The secret is regularity, more than how long you exercise for.
ISSUE ONE: HOW TO MAKE THE TIME:
- Cut your TV time by 15 minutes
- Get up 15 minutes earlier
- Stop doing all of those unnecessaries – serving on irrelevant committees, attending meetings that waste your time, sitting pointlessly in front of FB etc.
- Make sure you do what you love (no good doing press ups if you hate them)
ISSUE TWO: WHAT EXERCISE?
Every fitness advisor will have a different formula, so it would work in your favour to pay a personal coach for a session or two to help you find exercise that suits you best, and works the areas (shoulders, glutes, back, upper arms) that you most want to target before the wedding.
But here are a few ideas for those who don’t have the impetus to even get that right:
- Walk or cycle to work – if it’s not too far a commute
- Do a combination of the following: body weight lunges, step ups and light weight (5kg) arm exercises that include the tricep push, bicep squeeze, deltoid back squeeze, bicep curl and horizontal row, whilst watching TV
- Walk around the block 3 times at lunch time (very briskly)
- Join a gym and walk the treadmill every evening on your way home (if the gym is en route) using light wrist weights
- Before anyone gets home in the evening, crank up the volume on some really raucous music and dance ’til you sweat
- For yoga fans do: 10 Sun Salutations, 5 Surya Namaskara B, 8 minutes of your favourite stretches, ending with 5 Moon Salutations
Happy Wedding Planning!