Wedding exercise & health tips: get in-shape & achieve glowing skin for the big day
by Karly Anderson

Every bride wants to feel and look her best on the big day. However, a big mistake that a majority of brides-to-be make is cramming in every possible skincare treatment and diet detox only a few weeks before the wedding. Not only is this unhealthy, but it also can result in negative side effects instead of the promised toned abs and glowing skin that you were hoping for with all that wedding exercise!

Whether you want healthy, glowing skin or a fit, toned body that looks amazing in the dress of your dreams, it’s important to begin a healthy and easy-to-follow beauty and fitness and diet routine as soon as you get engaged.

1. Skincare

If you don’t already follow a skincare routine in your daily life, now is the time to implement one! Whether you have a year or six months before the wedding, start a beauty regime that’s suited toward your skin type as soon as possible – introducing new products to your skin can take a couple weeks to start reaping the benefits.

You don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune on new skincare products, either – before my wedding day, I strictly used cleansers from the Aveeno line, which can be found in any major drugstore – but you need to find what works for you. It may be beneficial to go visit a department store makeup counter and talk to one of the aestheticians about your skin type and skin concerns so they can help customize a plan of attack specifically for your needs.

I also recommend investing in a great under eye cream for daily use – Bobbi Brown’s Extra Eye Repair Cream is a great choice – and an exfoliating scrub or device, such as any of the Clarisonic systems, to use two to three times a week to scruff off any dead skin to help and achieve the healthy glow that you’re after.

2. Fitness

Just like with skincare, it’s never too early to start a healthy fitness plan to get in shape for the big day.

If you’re already an avid exerciser, good for you! As long as you maintain your personal fitness routine, you should have no problem being in shape for your wedding day. However, if you’re anything like me and are not a fan of working out, I can understand how it may be difficult for you to all of a sudden flip a switch and start exercising regularly. It took my wedding dress being a bit too snug for comfort at my second fitting before my wedding day to get me in gear, and I wouldn’t want any of you to go through that same panic and wave of emotion only a few months before your wedding.

My advice is to start early and take baby steps in the beginning, only working out 15 to 20 minutes a day if that’s all you have time for or can handle, and use incentives as motivation – I always had a picture of my wedding dress on my phone propped up on the stationary bike while I was working out so I was constantly reminded of what I was working toward!

I was lucky enough to have a gym in the apartment complex that I was living in during the time that I was engaged, but not everybody is so lucky. Even if you don’t have a gym membership, there are plenty of ways that you can get exercise in without breaking the bank. Grab a few girlfriends or even your fiancé to go for a daily walk, or check with your local park district to see if they offer free exercise programs, such as yoga in the park. If you’re doing something that you enjoy, it won’t seem like exercise.

There also is an abundance of at-home workout videos now available online via YouTube or through various websites by performing a simple Google search. This is a simple way to find workouts to target specific areas of your body that you want to look good, whether that be your arms, back, waist, etc. If you’re more focused on toning your entire body instead of concentrating on one specific feature, Heidi Klum’s trainer Andrea Orbeck designed a 10-minute bridal boot camp video to help all brides get in top shape before walking down the aisle.

3. Diet

So, now you’ve mastered your skincare and fitness routines, but neither of these will be effective if you don’t also maintain a healthy diet. Keep in mind that a diet doesn’t mean starving yourself or several quick-fix detoxes; it simply means making an effort to eat more balanced meals.

As the wedding day gets closer, brides should cut back on their intake of sweets, including foods with high levels of sugar or artificial sweeteners, and anything with high levels of sodium. Salty and sugary foods can cause you to bloat and your skin to break out. If you need a quick fix, limit yourself to one piece of dark chocolate per day.

Brides should instead up their intake of protein-rich foods, such as chicken, fruits and veggies, and lots and lots of water. Not only will this help keep the bloat away and the pounds at bay that you’ve inevitably lost by staying active, these types of foods also have skin clearing benefits to help maintain the clear and glowing skin that you’ve worked hard to achieve. A great resource for low-calorie, healthy meals that are still packed with flavor is Skinnytaste. Gina’s blog puts a healthy spin on several popular household dishes, as well as offering a variety of recipes in all categories from breakfast, lunch and dinner.

With both your skincare and fitness and diet routines, just remember to start early and have fun, and you’ll be looking beautiful for your big day in no time!

What are you doing to get in shape and/or get glowing skin for your big day?


Karly Anderson is a born and raised Midwest girl currently residing outside Milwaukee, Wis. Her blog, Miss in the Midwest, chronicles her take on beauty, life and style in the Heartland. Catch up with Karly on InstagramFacebook and Twitter