You’re about to walk down the flower, friend, family, and photographer-lined aisle, cementing your love to your soon-to-be, legally. But oddly, that’s not what you’ve been stressing about for the last 3 months. Looking good in your dress for the big day, and even more importantly- for forever (thanks to the all-important occasion documenting photographers) has been the dominant fear factor. Though you have committed lots of hours to it, stressing is actually not going to help you look better in your dress… Exercise will.
Instead of putting yourself through a full-body overhaul, hone in on these wedding dress and bikini (don’t forget the honeymoon) highlighted areas:
To get wedded bliss-ready (when it comes to your body) focus on touchy areas like:
-Bat Wings that flap on your triceps every time to lift your arm to wave.
-Bra Strap Fat that gets pushed up and down along your back and beneath your arm pits from the pressure of your too-tight cleavage enhancing bra.
-Spare Tire around your waist that puffs up under your dress and over your bikini bottoms.
-Saddlebags that protrude from the sides of your thighs.
-Droopy Butt that, regardless of shape (bubble or pancake) is looking a less cherry picked and perky and significantly more deflated as it drops down over the backs of your thighs.
No worries… these pre-wedding moves will spot tone your arms, back, belly, thighs and butt into photo-ready shape stat! Remember, fat is fat is fat, no matter where on the body it decides to settle. If you want to burn it off, be sure to take a 3-prong approach:
-Cardio Cardio Cardio
-Diet (eat a lean-protein and veggie focused, low-calorie diet)
BAT WINGS- Tricep Dips
-Sit on a sturdy chair or bench
-Place your arms at your sides, your hands on the edge of the chair with your palms facing down and your fingers bending over the end of the chair.
-Lift your butt up off the chair and support your body weight with your hands on the chair and feet on the floor.
-Press your body forward so that your butt is no longer on the chair but is elevated right off the front of the chair. The back of your butt should be against the seat of your chair.
-Your arms are straight and supporting your weight.
-Your knees should be bent 90 degrees.
-Keep your back long and straight.
-This is your starting position.
-Slowly and with control, bend your elbows and lower your body down towards the ground until your elbows are bent 90 degrees.
-Keep your back close to the chair or bench to prevent anterior shoulder strain.
-Once your downward position is reached, use your triceps to push you back up to the starting position.
-Repeat 10-15 times to complete one set.
BRA STRAP FAT- Side Plank
-Start in the “top of a pushup” position as above.
-Slowly and with control, shift your weight onto your left hand as you stack your right leg ontop of your left and rotate your body as you raise your right hand straight up into the air. You will be angled in a straight line with only your left hand and side of your left foot on the floor.
-Contract your abdominal muscles, pulling them in and up while contracting your butt muscles to further help you with stability and balance. Hold that flex and continue to breathe evenly out of your nose- the more oxygen you give your muscles, the longer you will be able to hold the pose.
-Hold for 60-90 seconds before slowly and carefully bending your elbows and lowering yourself back down to the ground.
-Return to Plank and Repeat on the other side.
-Repeat 3 times on each side to complete one set.
SPARE TIRE- Boxer Twists
-Sit on the ground, roll back slightly placing your weight on your tailbone and with, bent knees lift your feet 5 inches off the ground.
-Your upper body should be straight but angled 45 degrees so you are balancing on your tailbone.
-Bend your elbows and place your arms in a boxer stance- hands fisted and in a face and chest protective position.
-Keeping your torso straight, rotate your torso from your waist to the right and you rotate your legs from your waist to your left.
-Switch sides- rotating your torso to the left while rotating your legs to the right.
-Repeat quickly back and forth in a rhythm.
-Repeat 25 times on each side (total of 50 rotations).
-Amp up this exercise if you want by holding one 2 pound dumbbell between your hands.
If you need a little help, try this Boxer’s Twist mini-workout on ExerciseTV http://www.exercisetv.tv/workout-videos/body-sculpting/boxers-twist-spanisha-5589
SADDLEBAGS- Hands and Knees Thigh Burners
-Get on your hands and knees with your hands aligned with your shoulders and knees aligned with your thigh sockets.
-Lift your right leg straight behind you.
-Without bending your knee bring it straight out to the side so that the leg is parallel to the floor and at the same height as your torso.
This is your starting position
-Lift your leg extended leg 5 inches up towards the sky, then slowly and with control drop it 5 inches below the height of the starting position.
-Pulse it back up, then down again.
-Repeat 25-50 times (depending on your fitness level).
-Amp up this move by outstretching your bottom supporting leg into Plank pose so that both legs are straight and your weight resting on the toe of your supporting leg and your hands.
DROOPY BUTT- Wall Squats
-Stand about 1 ½ feet away from the wall with your back to the wall.
-Squat down as if sitting on a chair.
-Your knees should be bent at a 90 degree angle with your thighs parallel to the ground.
-Allow your back to rest against the wall.
-Hold this position for 30 seconds.
-Stand back up. Repeat 10 times.
Now is you really want to feel the burn, repeat the entire spot-toning workout twice more. Do this 3 times a week and you will have toned your body into wedding dress shape! Here comes one sexy bride!