So your wedding day is fast approaching, you are going through last minute anxiety and stress. Obviously, all the stress is causing your weight and sizes to fluctuate. The wedding function dresses you ordered a tad bit tight. What do you do? Well, nothing. I am honest you can’t do a thing that closer to the D-day. So, you must think of that weight loss plan sooner than later.
Weddings are once lifetime events [hopefully]. Plan! And plan ahead of time. Ideally, you should have at least 6 to 8 months of preparation time. Chalk out what the goal for the wedding day is. Then work backward from that goal. Be realistic about your goal. All that extra pounds isn’t going away with the snap of the fingers. Unless you find a fairy, who can move her wand and do it for you. In that case, please pass on that fairy to me, thank you.
So now that we have established that there is no short cut or magic let’s see what is doable. Well, the obvious …
I cannot stress enough the on the importance of exercise. This little effort goes a long way. There is a wide variety to choose from: gyms, yoga, running, walking, swimming, playing a sport, learning to dance, Each form of exercise caters to an individual need in us.
- Gyms help in body toning, muscle building, and letting go of fat content from the body.
- Yoga is for overall fitness. It helps in stretching muscles, relaxing them, restorative postures, right breathing techniques, and keeping stress at bay.
- Running, as claimed by many is liberating. Once it becomes a habit, it is very difficult to break.
- Walking is the simplest form of exercise that many practices and hope to lose tons of weight. It requires no special guidance or training.
- Hobby sports: like swimming, badminton, tennis, are the exercises that one can follow for long term since it is of interest to us.
Ideally, combinations work best. The exercise routine doesn’t have to be boring. You could choose from the above list. Say two days of yoga, two days of gym and one sport of choice. OR two days of yoga, two days of running and one sport of choice, OR two days of running, two days of sports of choice and 1 day of yoga. Try all possibilities and then choose your best from it. The key is to get the best from all and yet keep up interest levels for longer periods of time.
You could take a mid-course evaluation and see if you would like to try out another combination. Ensure you choose a professionally competent trainer be it yoga, or gym or running, etc. The trainer ensures you keep up your interest and motivation.
Muscle relaxing, toning, stretching and the ultimate high of having sweat it out over and above feeling happy are some of the side effects of exercising.
- Eat right:
This is a no-brainer. You could do all the exercise in the world at the best available gym with the best teacher, yet eat the pizzas, burgers, coke, etc.. And it will not affect your weight or size by even an inch. Needless to say, it will contribute to your stress and irritation.
So, ideally sattvic food made in a pleasant and clean environment is the best. Processed and deep fried food is best avoided. Restrict treats to once a week. Non-veg food could also be limited to once a week, and if possible avoided entirely. Eat wholesome food and do not leave out any food groups. Include seasonal fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses, and nuts. Adequate water ensures muscle strength. You could consult a qualified and experienced nutritionist for best results.
One good practice is to go for detox program combined with spa programs closer to the wedding day. Hence the mantra should be planning, exercise, and balanced food. Look beautiful from inside out, include mind and body fitness. This will last not just for the wedding but for a lifetime.
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