Let’s face it; finding the time to get in shape and stay fit prior to your wedding is easier said than done. On top of your normal daily responsibilities, you’ve got a million other tasks to complete in order to make sure the big day is a knockout, and it can be difficult to devote those precious few moments of down time to a sweat session at the gym. The good news is your workout doesn’t necessarily have to take place on a treadmill if that’s not your cup of tea! There are hundreds of different ways to stay in shape that can actually be both fun and relaxing, and I figured it’d be nice to highlight some of the more non-conventional methods on the blog. And since it’s still winter, I thought the first installment of these “wedding workouts” could focus on some activities that are suited to the chilly weather.
First up, I asked my Facebook fans for their input. Sarah C. said her workout routine consists of “…knee raises, jumping jacks, body weight squats, counter pushups and other plyometric and calisthenic exercises in quick intervals. 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest for 5 minutes of each exercise. Worn out in 25 minutes and sore the next day.” Meanwhile, Pegah B. advises these workout ideas: “Pace the room while chatting with a friend on the phone. Do burpees or climb the stairs.” All great options that can be done right at home, thanks for the input, ladies!
If you’re struggling with the idea of leading your own workout from home, though, why not get out of the house for some good old fashioned ice skating? If you’re in Manhattan and the sun decides to shine, there’s nothing like hitting Central Park’s Wollman Rink for a few laps; check out this engagement photo session I did with Katie & James for some inspiration! And fortunately there are also several locations like Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers for skating indoors on those inevitably dreary days.
Don’t have time to hit the rink? No problem! Carve out fifteen minutes or so a day to work on your dance moves right at home. You’ll get a chance to perfect your technique during the workout, plus you can use the groove time to test out possible options for your reception playlist. And if you don’t feel like dancing with yourself a la Billy Idol, consider signing up for lessons locally.
You can also kill two birds with one stone by combining your workout with trips to the mall, grocery store and other places you typically run errands. If weather permits, walk as much as you can; you could get off the subway a few stops early to stroll to your destination, or if you’ve driven your car, take a parking space that’s a little farther from the entrance. Push yourself by walking at a brisk pace; this will enhance the results of the workout, plus you’ll probably get all your chores done faster!
What kinds of exercise routines do you typically work into these busy winter days? Leave all tips and suggestions in the comments section below!