Bridal Fitness and Nutrition Tips from UNICUS Fitness
Prime wedding season is quickly approaching and the desire for a lean body and six-pack abs are only a few weeks away. However, you do not need to spend hours at the gym cranking out hundreds of crunches to achieve the body you want or feel comfortable shedding your clothing at the beach on your honeymoon. Dina Castillo, fitness expert with UNICUS Fitness, suggests breaking down the components of fitness to achieve the results you are looking to achieve.
Your body, nutrition, goals and results can be a complicated process if you are jumping in without a plan, prior workout experience or a professional to assist you. The overwhelming amount of information and fads that are present in the fitness industry makes it hard to know what will benefit you personally and what you are looking to accomplish. The tips below are meant to simplify your routine and are perfect for the bride looking to drop a dress size, feel more confident, lose weight and tone up your physique before your big day!
The first step to changing your body is to change your mindset. You have to mentally believe that you can change your body and health—and then act upon what you want. Set your goals, both long-term and short-term, and create a realistic timeline. Pull out your calendar, see what is feasible with your wedding day timeline and figure out what you can actually fit in. Do not expect your body to change overnight; the key is consistency. Do something everyday that works towards your goals. Write down one thing every day, your Call To Action (CTA), that you can incorporate into your daily living starting tomorrow.
Once you are determined and focused on what you want to achieve, the next step is to get your body moving. Whether you have 10 minutes or 60 minutes in a day, you have the opportunity to make yourself stronger, leaner, more flexible and improve upon what you did the day before. Your body is smart; it will build muscle memory and add on to what you did the day or workout prior. When working out, incorporate these three tips.
- Choose Full Body Exercises: The more muscle groups you are working, the more your heart rate increases, the more calories you burn and the quicker your body can see results. CTA: Squat to Press w/ Rotation
- Limit Rest Time: Between exercises, keep your body moving to keep your heart rate up and stay in the aerobic/fat burning stage.
- Add in Cardio Bursts: Instead of a complete rest in between resistance exercises, add in short 20-30 second interval cardio bursts. CTA: Mountain Climbers, Jumping Jacks or Squat Thrusts
In addition to working the total body in the gym, results are ultimately made in the kitchen. Proper nutrition and clean eating have a major effect on the results that you see or do not see. Many recent studies show that many diseases can be prevented based on the food choices that we make and what we put in our body. While the weather heats up and you are attending engagement parties and family barbecues, keep these nutrition thoughts top of mind to stay on track.
- Stay Hydrated: Aim to drink more water. Start your day with a full glass to help detoxify, cleanse and replenish your body. CTA: Always have a water bottle with you.
- Eat Clean and Unprocessed Foods: Keep it simple—if it grows from the ground it will be better for you. CTA: Incorporate a fruit or veggie portion with every meal.
- Fuel Your Body: Don’t get caught up on counting calories. Feed your body every few hours to keep your metabolism working, but keep it clean.
There can be a lot of information out there, but remember to keep your personal plan simple. Focus on one or two things, perfect it and then move on to the next, whether it is an exercise goal or a nutrition habit. Too much too soon can be overwhelming and discouraging. Share your goals publicly and be kept accountable to achieve success.
Content written by Dina Castillo of UNICUS Fitness
Photography by Bersano Photography (model: Dina Castillo)