July 27th, 2011 by Peach Bud
Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, which for most brides includes getting into the best shape possible before the big day. With the Peach wedding about 14 months away, I figured now was a good time to put myself on a semi structured exercise and diet plan. I’ll never be the girl to run a marathon or eat celery for every meal, so don’t think I’m doing anything crazy. I think what’s most important for me is to be consistent. Build in time to work out, just as if it was another responsibility of my day and make sure the fridge is stocked with fresh fruits and veggies. My biggest downfall? Snacking. I’m a snacker. So my goal for the next year is to cut down on my snacking and when I do snack, make wise choices.
My work out of choice? My favorite workout is kickboxing, however the kickboxing studio is probably 10 blocks from the Peach apartment. This isn’t practical for me, and I know that. The gym in our apartment complex is fully stocked with many cardio machines, weight machines and free weights. AND its right across the street-SCORE! So I’ll be incorporating lots of punches and arm workouts over the next year. Why? Because like most brides, my arms will be on full display that day and I intend on making sure they look at least semi toned. For cardio in an attempt to shed some lbs? I’m going to be doing intervals on most days. Intervals on the treadmill, the bike, the elliptical you name it. I’ve read up on it, talked to friends and fellow brides and all seem to come to the same conclusion that its the best way to burn calories in the quickest amount of time. So what type of interval am I talking about? For example, here’s my current treadmill workout:
5-10 mins warm up walk at 3.5 mph
1 min sprint at 7.0
2 min walk at 3.5
1 min spring at 7.0
2 min walk at 3.5
I do this until min 25-30 depending on how tired I am. Then I’ll usually walk for about 3 mins to cool down. While this may seem overwhelming and a lot, you don’t need to run at 7.0 nor do you need to sprint for a minute. Try 6.0 for 40 seconds at first and build up.
I’m going to try to post about my workouts sporadically to keep me on track! But in the meantime, anyone else have any more helpful tips?